, Volume 74, Issue 13, pp 1505-1534
Date: 07 Jan 2010

Molecular diversity of spider venom

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Spider venom, a factor that has played a decisive role in the evolution of one of the most successful groups of living organisms, is reviewed. Unique molecular diversity of venom components including substances of variable structure (from simple low molecular weight compounds to large multidomain proteins) with different functions is considered. Special attention is given to the structure, properties, and biosynthesis of toxins of polypeptide nature.

Original Russian Text © A. A. Vassilevski, S. A. Kozlov, E. V. Grishin, 2009, published in Uspekhi Biologicheskoi Khimii, 2009, Vol. 49, pp. 211–274.