Venom A to Z – N is for Natriuretics

Venom A to Z – N is for Natriuretics – another toxin class from mambas, this time modulating sodium clearence from the blood through the kidneys. This is an effective method of controling arterial blood pressure independantly from the angiotensin system. snake venom natriuretic peptides were first discovered in the green mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps) but later in the inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus). Dendroaspis Natriuretic Peptide (DNP) is more potent and stable than it’s mamalian counterparts.