Opossum peptide that can neutralize rattlesnake venom is expressed in Escherichia coli


  • This article was published online on 1 December 2016. An error was subsequently identified. This notice is included in the online version to indicate that it has been corrected on 12 January 2017.


An eleven amino acid ribosomal peptide was shown to completely neutralize Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) venom in mice when a lethal dose of the venom was pre-incubated with the peptide prior to intravenous injection. We have expressed the peptide as a concatenated chain of peptides and cleaved them apart from an immobilized metal affinity column using a protease. After ultrafiltration steps, the mixture was shown to partially neutralize rattlesnake venom in mice. Preliminary experiments are described here that suggest a potential life-saving therapy could be developed. To date, no recombinant therapies targeting cytotoxic envenomation have been reported. © 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Biotechnol. Prog., 33:81–86, 2017