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Venom-Sweet-Venom: N-Linked Glycosylation in Snake Venom Toxins

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Protein glycosylation represents one of the most important post-translational events, and is a mean of diversifying a protein without recourse to the genome. The venoms produced by snakes contain an abundance of glycoproteins with N-linked carbohydrates. N-linked glycosylation can ensure the correct folding of important functional domains. Characterization of carbohydrates structures aids in development of human therapeutics by snake venom toxins.

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Keywords: N-linked oligosaccharides; enzyme activity; serine protease; snake venom

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-08-01

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