Calcium-Independent Membrane Damage by Venom Phospholipases A2
Many snake venom phospholipase A2s (vPLA2s) present biological effects that are independent of hydrolytic activity. Here we review the evidence for the calcium-independent membrane damaging activity of vPLA2s, the possible relevance of this activity on their biological effects, and models for the mechanism of membrane permeabilization by these proteins.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2009-08-01
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