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Venom from the platypus, Ornithorhychus anatinus, induces a calcium-dependent current in cultured dorsal root ganglion cells

De Plater, Gregory; Milburn, Peter J; Martin, Rosemary


The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), a uniquely Australian species, is one of the few living venomous mammals. Although envenomation of humans by many vertebrate and invertebrate species results in pain, this is often not the principal symptom of envenomation. However, platypus envenomation results in an immediate excruciating pain that develops into a very long-lasting hyperalgesia. We have previously shown that the venom contains a C-type natriuretic peptide that causes mast cell...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Neurophysiology


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