Annually, thousands suffer poisonous snake bite, often from defibrinogenating species. Iron and carbon monoxide (CO) improve coagulation kinetics by modulation of fibrinogen as demonstrated in various Agkistrodon species and Crotalus atrox. Thus, we sought to determine whether pretreatment of plasma with iron and CO could attenuate venom-mediated catalysis of fibrinogen obtained from four common Crotalus species with known fibrinogenase activity. Human plasma was pretreated with ferric chloride (0–10?μmol/l) and CO-releasing molecule-2 (0–100?μmol/l) prior to exposure to venom from a Northern Pacific rattlesnake, Arizona black rattlesnake, prairie rattlesnake, or red diamond rattlesnake. The concentration of venom used decreased coagulation function of one or more kinetic parameters by at least 50% of normal values. Coagulation kinetics were determined with thrombelastography.Three snake venoms significantly degraded plasmatic coagulation kinetics, prolonging the onset to clot formation, diminishing velocity of clot growth and decreasing clot strength. However, red diamond rattlesnake venom exposure resulted in mixed coagulation kinetics, significantly decreasing the time to onset of coagulation without decreasing the velocity of clot growth. Iron and CO attenuated these coagulation kinetic changes in a species-specific manner. Further in vitro investigation of other fibrinogenolytic venoms is indicated to determine if iron and CO can attenuate venom compromised coagulation.
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