Some toxic, physical and chemical properties of the oral secretion of the sand tampan, Ornithodoros savignyi Audouin (1827)

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  • SDG 12
  • Abstract:

    Mice, exposed to the effects of the oral secretion of Ornithodorus savignyi by injection, revealed that a potent toxin is present in the secretion. Electrophoretic and chromatographic separations of the secretion showed a heterogeneous pattern of protein-like substances. Toxicity trials on these fractions showed that the toxic principle is protein in nature and fairly heat stable