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Antitumor and Antiparasitic Activity of Antimicrobial Peptides Derived from Snake Venom: A Systematic Review Approach

[ Vol. 29 , Issue. 32 ]


Gabriel Acácio. de Moura, Juliana Ramos. de Oliveira, Yasmim Mendes. Rocha, Janaína de Oliveira Freitas, João Pedro Viana. Rodrigues, Vanessa Pinheiro Gonçalves Ferreira and Roberto Nicolete*   Pages 5358 - 5368 ( 11 )


Background: In a scenario of increased pathogens with multidrug resistance phenotypes, it is necessary to seek new pharmacological options. This fact is responsible for an increase in neoplasms and multiresistant parasitic diseases. In turn, snake venom- derived peptides exhibited cytotoxic action on fungal and bacterial strains, possibly presenting activities in resistant tumor cells and parasites. Therefore, the aim of this work is to verify an antitumor and antiparasitic activity of antimicrobial peptides derived from snake venom.

Methods: For this purpose, searches were performed in the Pubmed, Embase and Virtual Health Library databases by combining the descriptors peptides, venom and snake with antitumor/ antiparasitic agent and in silico. The inclusion criteria: in vitro and in vivo experimental articles in addition to in silico studies. The exclusion criteria: articles that were out of scope, review articles, abstracts, and letters to the reader. Data extracted: peptide name, peptide sequence, semi-maximal inhibitory concentration, snake species, tumor lineage or parasitic strain, cytotoxicity, in vitro and in vivo activity.

Results: In total 164 articles were found, of which 14 were used. A total of ten peptides with antiproliferative activity on tumor cells were identified. Among the articles, seven peptides addressed the antiparasitic activity.

Conclusion: In conclusion, snake venom-derived peptides can be considered as potential pharmacological options for parasites and tumors, however more studies are needed to prove their specific activity.


Cancer, protozoan, bioprospecting, venom, vipericidin, peptides.


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