"As soon as the patent protocol (period) is over, we wish to go for industrial collaboration for marketing," he added.
For the study, Gomes and his colleagues induced arthritis in lab rats by injecting them with a saline and olive oil solution containing tuberculosis bacteria, which can cause arthritis.
The researchers collected Indian monocellate cobra venom from adult males and females housed at Calcutta Snake Park. The team then administered a nonlethal dose of venom to some of their lab rodents.
Rats without the venom treatment suffered from cartilage damage and swollen limbs. These symptoms, however, were not present in the venom-treated rats, based on paw weight and measurements.
Chemical analysis, according to the researchers, revealed that the venom actually prevented cartilage damage by inhibiting collagen breakdown. Collagen is one of the main proteins found in skin, bone and other parts of the body.
Gomes believes venom from other snake species, such as those in the Elapidae family, should also combat arthritis. This family includes relatively tiny crowned snakes to the king cobra, which is the world's longest venomous snake, measuring up to 18.5 feet in length.