Complex cocktails: the evolutionary novelty of venoms

Casewell, Nicholas R., Wuster, Wolfgang, Vonk, Freek J., Harrison, Robert A. and Fry, Bryan G. (2012) Complex cocktails: the evolutionary novelty of venoms. Trends In Ecology & Evolution, 28 4: 219-229. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2012.10.020


Author Casewell, Nicholas R.
Wuster, Wolfgang
Vonk, Freek J.
Harrison, Robert A.
Fry, Bryan G.
Title Complex cocktails: the evolutionary novelty of venoms
Journal name Trends In Ecology & Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-5347
1872-8383
Publication date 2012-12-05
Year available 2012
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2012.10.020
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 28
Issue 4
Start page 219
End page 229
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Abstract Venoms have evolved on numerous occasions throughout the animal kingdom. These 'biochemical weapon systems' typically function to facilitate, or protect the producing animal from, predation. Most venomous animals remain unstudied despite venoms providing model systems for investigating predator-prey interactions, molecular evolution, functional convergence, and novel targets for pharmaceutical discovery. Through advances in 'omic' technologies, venom composition data have recently become available for several venomous lineages, revealing considerable complexity in the processes responsible for generating the genetic and functional diversity observed in many venoms. Here, we review these recent advances and highlight the ecological and evolutionary novelty of venom systems.
Keyword Antivenom
Convergence
Drug discovery
Evolution
Gene duplication
Selection
Venom
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 5 December 2012.

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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