• Convergent evolution of pain-inducing defensive venom components in spitting cobras 

      Kazandjian, Taline D.; Petras, Daniel; Robinson, Samuel D.; van Thiel, Jory; Greene, Harry W.; Arbuckle, Kevin; Barlow, Axel; Carter, David A.; Wouters, Roel M.; Whiteley, Gareth; Wagstaff, Simon C.; Arias, Ana Silvia; Albulescu, Laura-Oana; Plettenberg Laing, Anthony; Hall, Cara; Heap, A.; Penrhyn-Lowe, S.; McCabe, Cristopher V.; Ainsworth, Stuart; da Silva, Ricardo R.; Dorrestein, Pieter C.; Richardson, Michael K.; Gutiérrez, José Maria; Calvete, Juan J.; Harrison, Robert A.; Vetter, Irina; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Wüster, Wolfgang; Casewell, Nicholas Robert (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2021)
      Convergent evolution provides insights into the selective drivers underlying evolutionary change. Snake venoms, with a direct genetic basis and clearly defined functional phenotype, provide a model system for exploring the ...
    • An integrated proteomic and transcriptomic analysis reveals the venom complexity of the bullet ant Paraponera clavata. 

      Aili, S.; Touchard, A.; Hayward, R.; Robinson, Samuel D.; Pineda, Sandy S.; Lalagüe, H.; Mrinalini, .; Vetter, Irina; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Kini, M.; Escoubas, P.; Padula, M.; Myers, Garry S. A.; Nicholson, Graham (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2020)
      A critical hurdle in ant venom proteomic investigations is the lack of databases to comprehensively and specifically identify the sequence and function of venom proteins and peptides. To resolve this, we used venom gland ...
    • Missiles of mass disruption: Composition and glandular origin of venom used as a projectile defensive weapon by the assassin bug Platymeris rhadamanthus 

      Walker, Andrew A.; Robinson, Samuel D.; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Jin, Jiayi; Han, Xiao; Fry, Bryan G.; Vetter, Irina; King, Glenn F. (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2019)
      Assassin bugs (Reduviidae) produce venoms that are insecticidal, and which induce pain in predators, but the composition and function of their individual venom components is poorly understood. We report findings on the ...
    • Multipurpose peptides: The venoms of Amazonian stinging ants contain anthelmintic ponericins with diverse predatory and defensive activities 

      Nixon, Samantha A.; Robinson, Samuel D.; Agwa, Akello J.; Walker, Andrew A.; Choudhary, Shivani; Touchard, Axel; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Robertson, Alan; Vetter, Irina; Schroeder, Christina I.; Kotze, Andrew C.; Herzig, Volker; King, Glenn F. (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2021)
      In the face of increasing drug resistance, the development of new anthelmintics is critical for controlling nematodes that parasitise livestock. Although hymenopteran venom toxins have attracted attention for applications ...
    • Multitarget nociceptor sensitization by a promiscuous peptide from the venom of the King Baboon spider 

      Finol-Urdaneta, Rocio K.; Ziegman, Rebekah; Dekan, Zoltan; McArthur, Jeffrey R.; Heitmann, Stewart; Luna-Ramirez, Karen; Tae, Han-Shen; Mueller, Alexander; Starobova, Hana; Chin, Yanni K.-Y.; Wingerd, Joshua S.; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Cristofori-Armstrong, Ben; Hill, Adam P.; Herzig, Volker; King, Glenn F.; Vetter, Irina; Rash, Lachlan D.; Adams, David J.; Alewood, Paul F. (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2022)
    • A pain-causing and paralytic ant venom glycopeptide 

      Robinson, Samuel D.; Kambanis, Lucas; Clayton, Daniel; Hinneburg, Hannes; Corcilius, Leo; Mueller, Alexander; Walker, Andrew A.; Keramidas, Angelo; Kulkarni, Sameer S.; Jones, Alun; Vetter, Irina; Thaysen-Andersen, Morten; Payne, Richard J.; King, Glenn F.; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2021)
      Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) are familiar inhabitants of most terrestrial environments. Although we are aware of the ability of many species to sting, knowledge of ant venom chemistry remains limited. Herein, we describe ...
    • A peptide toxin in ant venom mimics vertebrate EGF-like hormones to cause long-lasting hypersensitivity in mammals 

      Eagles, David A.; Saez, Natalie J.; Krishnarjuna, Bankala; Bradford, Julia J.; Chin, Yanni K.-Y.; Starobova, Hana; Mueller, Alexander; Reichelt, Melissa E.; Undheim, Eivind Andreas Baste; Norton, Raymond S.; Thomas, Walter G.; Vetter, Irina; King, Glenn F.; Robinson, Samuel D. (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2022)
      Venoms are excellent model systems for studying evolutionary processes associated with predator–prey interactions. Here, we present the discovery of a peptide toxin, MIITX2-Mg1a, which is a major component of the venom of ...