Scorpions can teach us a lot about the benefits of prolonging nerve impulses, and we might now be better students thanks to a study published in The Journal of General Physiology. The results could pave the way for easier identification of drugs that function similarly to scorpion venom, but with happier results for the recipient.
This is a depiction of the interaction of scorpion venom with the isolated “paddle” region of a Nav channel domain bound to a sensor chip.
Credit:Kate Baldwin (http://www.k8baldwin.com)
A surface plasmon resonance approach to monitor toxin interactions with an isolated voltage-gated sodium channel paddle motif Martin-Eauclaire, M.-F., et al. 2015. J. Gen. Physiol. doi:10.1085/jgp.201411268