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Survey of Solenopsis saevissima (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) venom biochemical components

Grant number: 06/02115-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2007
Effective date (End): March 31, 2010
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Applied Zoology
Principal researcher:Odair Correa Bueno
Grantee:Eduardo Gonçalves Paterson Fox
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil


The fire ant Solenopsis saevissima is responsible for most accidents involving insect stings in Brazil. We plan to throughly investigate the composition of the venom from this species, after the extraction, fractioning and identification of present compounds by means of mass espectometry. Once obtained the sequence of present peptides and proteins, we shall proceed in testing their alergenic and antibiotic capabilities. We hope to find and analyse useful substances for dealing with serious accidents and reactions to stings from this ant. During our investigations, we intend to morphologically describe the venom apparatus and try to correlate its structure and function to the biology of the fire ants.

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Scientific publications (4)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DOS SANTOS PINTO, JOSE R. A.; FOX, EDUARDO G. P.; SAIDEMBERG, DANIEL M.; SANTOS, LUCILENE D.; DA SILVA MENEGASSO, ANALLY R.; COSTA-MANSO, ELIUDE; MACHADO, EDNILDO A.; BUENO, ODAIR C.; PALMA, MARIO S. Proteomic View of the Venom from the Fire Ant Solenopsis invicta Buren. JOURNAL OF PROTEOME RESEARCH, v. 11, n. 9, p. 4643-4653, SEP 2012. Web of Science Citations: 40.
PATERSON FOX, EDUARDO GONCALVES; BUENO, ODAIR CORREA; YABUKI, ANTONIO TERUYOSHI; DE JESUS, CARLOS MASSURETTI; SOLIS, DANIEL RUSS; ROSSI, MONICA LANZONI; NOGUEIRA, NEUSA DE LIMA. General morphology and ultrastructure of the venom apparatus and convoluted gland of the fire ant, Solenopsis saevissima. JOURNAL OF INSECT SCIENCE, v. 10, MAR 23 2010. Web of Science Citations: 5.
PATERSON FOX, EDUARDO GONCALVES; SOLIS, DANIEL RUSS; ROSSI, MONICA LANZONI; BUENO, ODAIR CORREA. Morphological Studies on the Mature Worker Larvae of Paratrechina fulva (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Sociobiology, v. 55, n. 3, p. 795-803, 2010. Web of Science Citations: 0.
PATERSON FOX, EDUARDO GONCALVES; BRESCOVIT, ANTONIO DOMINGOS; SOLIS, DANIEL RUSS; DE JESUS, CARLOS MASSURETTI; BUENO, ODAIR CORREA. Immatures of Nesticodes rufipes (Araneae, Theridiidae) Causing Considerable Damage to Ant Colonies in the Laboratory. Sociobiology, v. 53, n. 1, p. 71-77, 2009. Web of Science Citations: 0.
Academic Publications
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FOX, Eduardo Gonçalves Paterson. Biologia, morfologia e bioquímica de veneno da formiga lava-pés Solenopsis saevissima Smith (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Formicidae). 2010. 123 f. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" Instituto de Biociências (Campus de Rio Claro). Rio Claro.

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