A new class of sodium channel toxin from ant venoms (2021–2024)

Abstract:
Ants are diverse and ubiquitous and the ability of certain species to sting is familiar to many of us. Yet we know remarkably little about the chemistry underlying these stings. We recently discovered that the venoms of ants, including common Australian species, harbour a novel and unique class of sodium channel toxins. Building on this discovery, the aim of this project will be to perform an in-depth characterisation of the effects of these toxins on sodium channels and to uncover the diversity and breadth of this toxin class in ant venoms. The outcome of this project will be novel insights into the chemistry of ant venoms and new insights into sodium channel function.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Researchers:
  • Senior Research Fellow
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    Senior Research Fellow
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • ARC DECRA
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Funded by:
Australian Research Council