Mar. Drugs, Volume 16, Issue 2 (February 2018) – 36 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): The sea anemone Bunodactis verrucosa inhabits rocky shores of the northeastern Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Until now, the knowledge of its proteins and toxins production remained unknown. Here, B. verrucosa specimens were sampled in the coast of Portugal and the conducted proteomic analyses revealed the first proteome of this species. In addition to the identification of more than four hundred proteins and its function, this study provides new insight about toxins production in sea anemones and its putative ecological interaction. Indeed, B. verrucosa may produce a diverse repertoire of toxins to obtain its nourishment from different organism like mollusks (mussels, gastropods) and probably goby fishes. The putative toxins battery comprises proteins with enzymatic activity and neurotoxins that should act synergistically in subduing the preys. View this paper
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