de Andrade FG1, Eto SF, Navarro dos Santos Ferraro AC, Gonzales Marioto DT, Vieira NJ, Cheirubim AP, de Paula Ramos S, Venâncio EJ. 2013. Toxicon. 66:18-24. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2013.01.018. Epub 2013 Feb 14.
1Laboratório de Imunologia, Departamento de Ciências Patológicas, Centro de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Estadual de Londrina, P.O. Box 6001, CEP 86051-980, Londrina, PR, Brazil. email@example.com
Ophidian accidents represent a great public health problem in developing countries. Recent studies have shown that antibodies produced in laying hens could be an alternative method for producing antivenin in mammals. In this study we analyzed the production of IgY antibodies in laying hens inoculated with snake venom from the Bothrops and Crotalus genera over a 360-day period. IgY antibodies present in the serum and egg yolks were analyzed according to avidity, antigen recognition pattern and efficiency in neutralizing the venom. The levels of anti-bothropic and anti-crotalic IgY antibodies increased significantly after the third immunization, and remained at these levels until the end of the experiment. Significantly high avidity levels were observed for anti-bothropic IgY antibodies on the 142nd day and for anti-crotalic antibodies on the 232nd day after the first immunization. Anti-bothropic IgY antibodies recognized antigens with molecular masses ranging from 25 kDa to 50 kDa, whereas anti-crotalic IgY antibodies mainly recognized antigens with molecular masses of 14 kDa and 30 kDa. An increase in the antigens recognized by the antivenins was observed during the experimental period. Samples of bothropic IgY antivenin antibodies presented an efficiency of 290 μl/3 DL50, a potency of 0.307 mg/ml and a specific activity of 0.230. Samples of anti-crotalicIgY antibodies presented an efficiency of 246 μl/4 DL50, a potency of 0.829 mg/ml and a specific activity of 0.271. These results show that the administration of successive doses of the venoms for more than 6 months results in an antivenin with higher avidity that is able to recognize a greater number of antigens present in the venoms. These characteristics indicate a more efficient and potent antivenin than what has been described in other studies.
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