Anesthetic Drug Can Be Obtained from Marine Snail Venom

28.02.2017

Experts at the University of Utah (USA) have found that marine mollusks contain a compound that can substitute opioids as analgesic agents. It is valid for three days and has no narcotic effect.

Anesthetic Drug Can Be Obtained from Marine Snail Venom

Connection Rg1A was found by scientists in the venom of the predatory gastropod Conus regius, living in the Caribbean. Rg1A affects signaling pathways associated with a sense of pain, and block the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor.

While the tests were carried out only on rodents. The results showed that the substance takes effect within four hours after the injection. The authors of the study believe that drugs based on Rg1A for chronic pain are much safer than opioids, addictive, and not threatening overdose.