Australian scientists have finally found a useful application which inhabit the continent of poisonous spiders. They developed a new type of anesthetic, which has a strong effect. But more importantly – it does not apply to traditional medicinal opioids and therefore is not addictive.
Experiments with the venom of spiders at the Queensland University being the first year. So, in the 2017th team under the guidance of Professor Glenn king isolated from spider venom specific peptide that reduces brain damage caused by stroke.
New painkiller derived from the venom of the Chinese bird spider Haplopelma schmidti, which is extremely toxic. This allows you to create material from one individual multiple doses of the drug, since it requires trace amounts of active substances. But in the future Australians are expected to be Patriotic and return to the local fauna.
From the venom of the representative tarantulas, scientists have identified special mini-protein Huwentoxin-IV, which is able to bind with pain receptors in the body of animals. Protein blocking them, reduces the reaction to the attack and allows the spider to safely finish off their victims. If you stop at the first stage and reduce the dosage, the result is a very effective pain reliever, which has already been tested on mice. As scientists believed, this drug has no side effects, including risk of addiction. Working on a commercial version of the anesthetic will start soon.
Source — University of Queensland