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2011-03-14 11:02:30

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Spider venom could hold the key to understanding how the body operates. Researchers have discovered a toxin from the American Funnel Web spider acts on T-type and N-type calcium channels. They say the toxin offers a new target for studying T-type channels, which play a role in congestive heart failure, hypertension, epilepsy and pain. The investigators, from the University of California at Riverside, purified the toxin and created a recombinant version. "If we can...

2011-03-09 16:29:14

Discovery by California researchers described today at Biophysical Meeting in Baltimore Spider venom toxins are useful tools for exploring how ion channels operate in the body. These channels control the flow of ions across cell membranes, and are key components in a wide variety of biological processes and human diseases. A newly identified toxin from the American Funnel Web spider acts on T-type and N-type calcium channels, researchers from the University of California at Riverside have...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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