Preliminary study on the age- And sex-dependent variations in the venom proteins of Montivipera albizona (Nilson, Andrén & Flärdh, 1990) (Ophidia: Viperidae) in Anatolia

Mermer A., Arikan H., Çi̇Çek K., TOK C. V.

Biharean Biologist, vol.14, no.1, pp.30-32, 2020 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Journal Name: Biharean Biologist
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Central & Eastern European Academic Source (CEEAS), Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.30-32
  • Keywords: Montivipera albizona, Mountain Viper, Polyacrylamide disc gel electrophoresis, Turkey, Venom proteins
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, polyacrylamide disc gel electrophoresis and densitometry methods were used to analyze venom extracts of three Montivipera albizona specimens collected from Sivas (Central Anatolia, Turkey). The venom secretion was colorless in juvenile and light yellow in mature individuals. The venom proteins of M. albizona could be separated into 10, 11, 12 fractions or fraction groups. Besides, the electropherograms of the venom protein samples showed both sex-based and age-dependent qualitative and quantitative variations.