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Title: Aprotinin reverses ECG abnormalities induced by Mesobuthus tamulus concanesis, Pocock venom in adult rats
Authors: Pandey, Ratna
Deshpande, Shripad B.
Keywords: Aprotinin;Arrhythmia;Cardio-toxicity;Indian red scorpion;Kinins;Myocardial ischaemia
Issue Date: Nov-2007
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: The kinins are implicated in the pathogenesis of scorpion envenomation. Therefore, this study was carried out to examine the involvement of kinins for the ECG abnormalities induced by M. tamulus concanesis, (BT) venom in anaesthetized rats. ECG was recorded using needle electrodes with limb lead II configuration. The PR interval, QRS wave pattern, QRS duration, ST segment and heart rate were examined in saline only, venom alone, and venom after aprotinin groups. BT venom (5 mg/kg) produced heart block of varying degree and ischemia-like changes in ECG wave pattern and the animals died within 30 min after exposure to venom. In aprotinin pretreated animals, the initial ECG changes produced by venom persisted, but after 15 min the ECG pattern improved and the animals survived for the entire period of observation (120 min). The results indicate that aprotinin protected the rats against the cardiotoxicity induced by BT venom.
Page(s): 949-953
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJEB Vol.45(11) [November 2007]

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