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Fire ant venom compounds may lead to skin treatments

(Emory Health Sciences) Solenopsins, the main toxic components of fire ant venom, chemically resemble ceramides, which are lipid-like molecules essential for maintaining for the barrier function of the skin. Solenopsin analogs can reduce skin thickening and inflammation in a mouse model of psoriasis, Emory and Case Western scientists have shown.
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