Special Issue "Venom and Pain"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021).
Venom is a kind of toxin mixture produced by animals, such as snakes, wasps, bees, and snails, for survival from predators or for feeding on preys. It generally induces pathological conditions and symptoms (e.g., pain and paralysis) and even deaths in animals and humans. However, the venom itself or specific toxins and molecules (e.g., peptides and enzymes) contained in venoms can be used to treat a wide range of intractable diseases.
Pain relief is a major challenge in the current health care system. The market of pain killers is becoming close to the market of anticancer drugs. Although many efforts have been made, the development of specific analgesic drugs is still limited. Opioids, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants are being prescribed for patients with pathological pain, but they have their own adverse effects.
In this regard, venoms and their compounds may have potential to treat pathological pain, as recent scientific reports have suggested. This Special Issue is devoted to understanding the analgesic mechanisms of venoms and their components in all scientific aspects (e.g., pharmacology, neuroscience, immunology, cellular/molecular biology, electrophysiology, and ion channels and receptors).
Prof. Sun Kwang Kim
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