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Toxins 2015, 7(10), 4175-4198;

Bioactive Mimetics of Conotoxins and other Venom Peptides

CSIRO Manufacturing, Bag 10, Clayton South, VIC 3169, Australia
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA 5042, Australia
School of Chemistry, Monash University, Clayton, VIC 3800, Australia
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Academic Editors: Macdonald Christie and Luis M. Botana
Received: 2 September 2015 / Accepted: 8 October 2015 / Published: 16 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Conotoxins: Novel Pharmacologies for Nervous System Disorders)
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Ziconotide (Prialt®), a synthetic version of the peptide ω-conotoxin MVIIA found in the venom of a fish-hunting marine cone snail Conus magnus, is one of very few drugs effective in the treatment of intractable chronic pain. However, its intrathecal mode of delivery and narrow therapeutic window cause complications for patients. This review will summarize progress in the development of small molecule, non-peptidic mimics of Conotoxins and a small number of other venom peptides. This will include a description of how some of the initially designed mimics have been modified to improve their drug-like properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: venom peptides; toxins; conotoxins; peptidomimetics; N-type calcium channel; Cav2.2 venom peptides; toxins; conotoxins; peptidomimetics; N-type calcium channel; Cav2.2

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Duggan, P.J.; Tuck, K.L. Bioactive Mimetics of Conotoxins and other Venom Peptides. Toxins 2015, 7, 4175-4198.

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