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Open Access Commentary

The Mesobuthus martensii genome reveals the molecular diversity of scorpion toxins

Jianjie Ma1 and Yun-Bo Shi2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Surgery, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH 43210, USA

2 Section on Molecular Morphogenesis, Program in Cellular Regulation and Metabolism (PCRM), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA

Cell & Bioscience 2014, 4:1  doi:10.1186/2045-3701-4-1

Published: 3 January 2014

Abstract

Recent complete sequencing of the genome of the Asian scorpion, Mesobuthus martensii, highlights the molecular diversity of its venom neurotoxin/defensin genes and interesting features of their evolution.

Keywords:
Scorpion; Mesobuthus martensii; Neurotoxin; Genome; Evolution