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Ant venoms.
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PMID:  20445444     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review summarizes knowledge about ants that are known to sting humans and their venoms. RECENT FINDINGS: Fire ants and Chinese needle ants are showing additional spread of range. Fire ants are now important in much of Asia. Venom allergens have been characterized and studied for fire ants and jack jumper ants. The first studies of Pachycondyla venoms have been reported, and a major allergen is Pac c 3, related to Sol i 3 from fire ants. There are very limited data available for other ant groups. SUMMARY: Ants share some common proteins in venoms, but each group appears to have a number of possibly unique components. Further proteomic studies should expand and clarify our knowledge of these fascinating animals.
Donald R Hoffman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in allergy and clinical immunology     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1473-6322     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-08     Completed Date:  2010-10-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100936359     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  342-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina 27834, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Allergens / adverse effects,  chemistry,  immunology
Ant Venoms* / adverse effects,  chemistry,  immunology
Ants / classification,  immunology*
Hypersensitivity / etiology*,  immunology
Insect Bites and Stings / immunology*
Insect Proteins / adverse effects,  chemistry,  immunology
North America
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Allergens; 0/Ant Venoms; 0/Insect Proteins; 0/Sol i II protein, Solenopsis invicta

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