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6th Birthday and novel toxin reducing retinal injury

As Venomtech approach our sixth birthday we are excited to report a new publication demonstrating the retinal protective effect of Brazilian wandering spider (Phoneutria nigriventor) venom. A multidisciplinary team from Brazil have publish in Toxins showing a NPQ type Calcium channel blocker they call PhTx3-4 reduces NMDA induced retial injury. This model of excitotoxicity retinopathy is though to model serveral leading causes of blindness such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinal vascular occlusion, optic nerve neuropathy, and retinopathy of prematurity.

Full paper here http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6651/8/3/70