Extraction and preliminary chemical characterization of the venom of the spider waspPepsis decorata(Hymenoptera: Pompilidae)

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Arthropod venoms may be considered important sources of bioactive molecules; however, technical difficulties, such as venom extraction and homogeneity may impair the biochemical identification of new molecules. In this context, we have developed a method to maintain wasps in captivity that allows the collection of the venom, without use of chemical, mechanical or electrical stimuli. The crude venom was analyzed by RP-HPLC-ESIQ-ToF and 20 peptides were identified by de novo peptide sequencing, among them Eumenine-Mastoparan and a Ponericin-G2-simile peptide.

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