Sep 11, 1989

alpha-Bungarotoxin interacts with the rat brain tachykinin receptors

FEBS Letters
Utkin YuNV I Tsetlin


alpha-Bungarotoxin (alpha Bgt) was shown to inhibit the binding of the 125I-labeled substance P (SP) and eledoisin (EL) to the rat brain membranes with Kl values of 8.0 +/- 5.0 x 10(-8) and 1.1 +/- 0.5 x 10(-6) M, respectively. Lower inhibitory activity was manifested by several other postsynaptically acting snake venom neurotoxins. The alpha Bgt inhibition of SP binding with a Kl value of 8.5 +/- 5.5 x 10(-8) M to solubilized preparations of the rat brain membranes was demonstrated. The capacity to displace SP was found for d-tubocurarine and phencyclidine, although at concentrations considerably higher than those affecting the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (AChRs). The results obtained suggest that some of the alpha Bgt-binding polypeptides, distinct from neuronal AChRs, may be functionally associated with the tachykinin receptors (TchR).

Mentioned in this Paper

Snake Venoms
Tissue Membrane
Tachykinin Receptor
Synaptic Receptors
Metabolic Inhibition
Hypothalamic Substance P

Trending Feeds


Coronaviruses encompass a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious diseases, such as the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; formally known as 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans; symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties; in more severe cases, infection can lead to death. This feed covers recent research on COVID-19.

Bone Marrow Neoplasms

Bone Marrow Neoplasms are cancers that occur in the bone marrow. Discover the latest research on Bone Marrow Neoplasms here.

IGA Glomerulonephritis

IgA glomerulonephritis is a chronic form of glomerulonephritis characterized by deposits of predominantly Iimmunoglobin A in the mesangial area. Discover the latest research on IgA glomerulonephritis here.

Cryogenic Electron Microscopy

Cryogenic electron microscopy (Cryo-EM) allows the determination of biological macromolecules and their assemblies at a near-atomic resolution. Here is the latest research.

STING Receptor Agonists

Stimulator of IFN genes (STING) are a group of transmembrane proteins that are involved in the induction of type I interferon that is important in the innate immune response. The stimulation of STING has been an active area of research in the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Here is the latest research on STING receptor agonists.

LRRK2 & Immunity During Infection

Mutations in the LRRK2 gene are a risk-factor for developing Parkinson’s disease. However, LRRK2 has been shown to function as a central regulator of vesicular trafficking, infection, immunity, and inflammation. Here is the latest research on the role of this kinase on immunity during infection.

Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Antiphospholipid syndrome or antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS or APLS), is an autoimmune, hypercoagulable state caused by the presence of antibodies directed against phospholipids.

Meningococcal Myelitis

Meningococcal myelitis is characterized by inflammation and myelin damage to the meninges and spinal cord. Discover the latest research on meningococcal myelitis here.

Alzheimer's Disease: MS4A

Variants within membrane-spanning 4-domains subfamily A (MS4A) gene cluster have recently been implicated in Alzheimer's disease by recent genome-wide association studies. Here is the latest research.