Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Venoms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paulo Cesar Gomes, Mario Sergio Palma
      Pages 3-19
    3. David T. R. Wilson
      Pages 21-46
    4. Lucia Kuhn-Nentwig, Johann Schaller, Stefan Schürch, Wolfgang Nentwig
      Pages 47-70
    5. Maria Elena de Lima, Suely Gomes Figueiredo, Alessandra Matavel, Kenia Pedrosa Nunes, Carolina Nunes da Silva, Flávia De Marco Almeida et al.
      Pages 71-99
    6. Carolina Campolina Rebello Horta, Maria Chatzaki, Bárbara Bruna Ribeiro Oliveira-Mendes, Anderson Oliveira do Carmo, Flávia de Faria Siqueira, Evanguedes Kalapothakis
      Pages 101-120
    7. José Luiz Liberato, Wagner Ferreira dos Santos
      Pages 155-174
    8. Maria Alice da Cruz-Höfling, Juliana Carvalho Tavares, Catarina Rapôso
      Pages 175-202
  3. Genes, Transcriptomes, and Bioinformatics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Moacyr Comar Jr, Vanildo Martins Lima Braga, Débora de Oliveira Lopes
      Pages 205-221
    3. Elia Diego-García, Camila Takeno Cologna, Juliana Silva Cassoli, Gerardo Corzo
      Pages 223-249
  4. Medical and Insecticidal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Alessandra Matavel, Georgina Estrada, Flávia De Marco Almeida
      Pages 273-292
    3. Elaine Maria de Souza-Fagundes, Betania Barros Cota, Flávia De Marco Almeida
      Pages 293-311
    4. Osmindo Rodrigues Pires Jr, Wagner Fontes, Mariana S. Castro
      Pages 333-344
    5. Herlinda Clement, Guillermo Barraza, Estefania Herrera, Francia García, Elia Diego-García, Elba Villegas et al.
      Pages 345-360
    6. Daniel M. Santos, Pablo. V. Reis, Adriano M. C. Pimenta
      Pages 361-377
    7. Francia García, Elba Villegas, Ernesto Ortiz, Gerardo Corzo
      Pages 379-404
    8. Mireya Cordero, M. Anwar Hossain, Nayely Espinoza, Veronica Obregon, Mariel Roman, Samantha Navarro et al.
      Pages 405-418
    9. Ceila Maria Sant’Ana Malaque, Olga Meiri Chaim, Marlene Entres, Katia Cristina Barbaro
      Pages 419-444
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 445-450

About this book


This volume provides an overview of the biochemical characterization, structure-function studies, proteomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, transcriptomics and genomics of various spider species. The book also covers our current knowledge of venom components, toxins and their modes of action. The first section of Spider Venom includes contributions regarding the wide diversity of spider venom components and depicts some of their biological effects (antimicrobial, ion channel modulators, insecticides, this includes peptide and non-peptide toxins), and emphasizes spiders of public health importance. The second section covers transcriptomes, proteomes (and peptidomics), bioinformatics and molecular dynamics. The last section describes antimicrobial, insecticidal toxins, envenomation and the medical potential of spider venoms.

Spider venoms are a great and extensive source of bioactive compounds, and as such form a boundless and bountiful area awaiting discovery. It is by virtue of dedicated scientists that new toxins are discovered and that new insights arise, leading the way towards the investigation of their pharmacological effects, and hopefully, as a consequence, arriving at the discovery of venom components as new drug candidates.


Drug Development Drug Discovery Toxin Toxinology Venom

Editors and affiliations

  • P. Gopalakrishnakone
    • 1
  • Gerardo A. Corzo
    • 2
  • Maria Elena de Lima
    • 3
  • Elia Diego-García
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyYong Loo Lin School of Medicine National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Department of Molecular Medicine and BioprocessesThe Biotechnology Institute National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)CuernavacaMexico
  3. 3.Departamento de Bioquímica e Imunologia Laboratório de Venenos e Toxinas AnimaisInstituto de Ciências Biológicas Universidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  4. 4.VeerleBelgium

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