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February 2, 2012 / May K.

Snake Venom Bungarotoxin

Protein Data Bank ID: 1HC9
Protein Name: alpha-Bungarotoxin
Organism: Bungarus multicinctus
Title of Drawing: “Seal and Cats”

α-Bungarotoxin is a snake venom from the elapid Bungarus multicinctus. It irreversibly binds the acetylcholine receptor which is the main receptor at the neuromuscular junction. Thereby it permits the binding of the acetylcholine molecule which is responsible for signal transfer into muscles. Thus, alpha-bungarotoxin causes muscle paralysis which than results in respiratory failure and consequently in the death of the victim.



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  1. eideard / Feb 5 2012 10:13 pm


  2. marketaz / Feb 6 2012 8:59 am

    Love the cat!!!

  3. marketaz / Feb 6 2012 9:00 am

    You should publish an art book with these, they are so good!

    • May K. / Feb 9 2012 2:12 pm

      Yes, an art book is my dream! Hopefully someday it will come true. Thank you for the encouragement!

  4. ScienceDefined / Feb 9 2012 10:07 am

    Sorry in advance:

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I like your blog and thought based on its content you deserved this award. If you choose to accept the Versatile Blogger Award, there are a few things you are required to do, to pass it forward. According to the requirements of the award you need to:
    • Nominate 15 other bloggers
    • Inform your nominees
    • Share 7 random facts about myself
    • Thank the one who nominated you
    • Add a picture of the award to this post

    • May K. / Feb 9 2012 2:14 pm

      Thank you so much for the nomination! I will try to fulfill the requirements soon.

  5. willradik / Feb 9 2012 10:53 pm

    Having “cat and seal” parties in all your neuromuscular junctions would be a terrible way to go. You could almost see them mocking you.

    • May K. / Feb 15 2012 10:18 am

      I should try to draw them together with the respective receptors:)

  6. christianjax / Feb 29 2012 1:25 am

    May K, your art is truly amazing. When the time comes that a piece could accent one of my posts, I hope you will give me the permission to post your work!

    • May K. / Mar 5 2012 3:11 pm

      Thank you, Christian! Of course you can post my work, it’ll be a pleasure to me.


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