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Indian scorpions collected in Karnataka: maintenance in captivity, venom extraction and toxicity studies

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases, December 2015
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Title
Indian scorpions collected in Karnataka: maintenance in captivity, venom extraction and toxicity studies
Published in
Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases, December 2015
DOI 10.1186/s40409-015-0053-4
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Authors

Santhosh Kambaiah Nagaraj, Pavana Dattatreya, Thippeswamy Nayaka Boramuthi

Abstract

Maintenance of scorpions under laboratory conditions is ideal for long-term venom collection to explore the therapeutic applications of scorpion venom. Collection of venom by electrical stimulation requires a reliable stimulator and effective restrainer. Thus, the present study was conducted to develop a convenient method to maintain scorpions and to extract their venom for toxicity studies via a modified restrainer and stimulator. Four different scorpion species were collected, among which three species were maintained in the laboratory in containers that mimic their natural habitat. Venom was extracted from Hottentotta rugiscutis by electrical stimulation at 8 V for 18 months and LD50 was estimated by the graphic method of Miller and Tainter. A total of 373 scorpions including Hottentotta rugiscutis, Hottentotta tamulus, Lychas tricarinatus and Heterometrus swammerdami were collected, identified and maintained successfully, achieving a 97 % survival rate. Hottentotta rugiscutis yielded 6.0 mL of venom by electrical stimulation. The LD50 of H. rugiscutis venom was estimated to be 3.02 mg/kg of body weight in female Swiss albino mice. Scorpions were successfully maintained for 18 months. Herein we have also documented a simple, cost-effective method of venom extraction by electrical stimulation using a modified restrainer. Furthermore, Hottentotta rugiscutis was reported for the first time in Karnataka.

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Unknown 29 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 8 28%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 14%
Student > Postgraduate 3 10%
Researcher 3 10%
Professor 2 7%
Other 5 17%
Unknown 4 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 9 31%
Immunology and Microbiology 5 17%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 14%
Environmental Science 2 7%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 7%
Other 3 10%
Unknown 4 14%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 6. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 07 May 2018.
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