Proteomics of venoms of Naja naja and Daboia russelii snakes
The current research advises the usages of variations in proteomics of venoms of Naja naja and Daboia russelii for identification of suspected snake venom samples seized by law enforcement agencies across the world, especially in India. Illegal trade of endangered species of snakes and their venoms is prohibited by Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. There are provisions of fines and imprisonments if a person is found involved in such illegal activities. The Naja naja and Daboia russelii, both are endangered species and illegal trading of venoms of both these snakes is frequently encountered by various law enforcement agencies. But to frame charges under Wildlife Protection Law, the enforcement agencies are required to prove beyond any doubt that the seized material is venom illegally milked from these species. The unique proteomes of venoms can be helpful in confirm identification of snake species from which the venom is likely milked. The data is generated by LC-MS/MS (nano-Liquid Chromatography coupled with Q-Orbitrap mass spectrometr and ProteomeDiscoverer 2.2 software) of crude venoms of Naja naja and Daboia russelii.