Inhibitory effect of bee venom on blood coagulation via anti-serine protease activity

Jiyun Lee, Jieun Park, Jia Yeom, Eun Hye Han, Young Hee Lim

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Maintaining a balance between blood flow and hemostasis is very important because both excessive bleeding and excessive coagulation and aggregation can cause death. In this study, the preventive effect of bee venom (BV) on blood coagulation was investigated. BV prolonged coagulation periods in a dose dependent manner compared with the negative control. It did not target any specific coagulation factor(s) but showed a broad spectrum of action against various coagulation factors. BV did not inhibit fibrinolytic activity. BV inhibited trypsin and chymotrypsin activities dose-dependently. In addition, BV did not induce bleeding disorders. In conclusion, BV plays a role in anticoagulation by inhibiting the activities of coagulation factors, which are serine proteases, not via inhibiting thrombin activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-604
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Asia-Pacific Entomology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 1


  • Bee venom
  • Coagulation factor
  • Serine protease
  • Thrombin activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science


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