Venom Neutralization by Rattlesnake Serum Albumin

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  20 Jun 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3886, pp. 1402-1404
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3886.1402


The blood serum of the eastern diamond back rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) neutralizes lethal doses of C. adamanteus venom in mice. The protective capacity of the serum is associated with the serum albumin, rather than the immunoglobulin fraction of the blood. Neither the serum nor its albumin fraction form precipitin bands on immunophoresis against venom.

Stay Connected to Science