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Front. Ecol. Evol. | doi: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00320

Coral venom toxins

  • 1AITHM, James Cook University, Australia

The phylum Cnidaria contains a wide variety of unique organisms that possess interesting adaptations evolved over many years to help them survive in a competitive environment. One of these adaptations is the presence of venom, which has been of particular interest for studies aimed at identifying novel drug leads and for understanding the mechanisms involved in envenomation. The potency of the venom varies significantly amongst cnidarians, and although corals are often overshadowed by the jellyfish and sea anemone toxins, they also possess a range of interesting bioactive compounds. In this mini-review, we provide an overview of the toxins present in corals, highlighting the diverse structures and bioactivities.

Keywords: coral, venom, peptide, protein, Structure

Received: 31 Mar 2019; Accepted: 08 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Schmidt, Daly and Wilson. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Norelle Daly, James Cook University, AITHM, Townsville, 4811, Australia, norelle.daly@jcu.edu.au