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Trichinella spiralis larvae infect their hosts by the penetration of small intestine enterocytes. The exact mechanism of penetration is unknown, but the presence of proteolytic enzymes is suspected. In this study, whole worm extracts and excretory-secretory (ES) components were obtained and their proteolytic enzymes examined. Enzymes from worm extracts were(More)
Tubulin was estimated to account for 0.3% of the total soluble protein in Trichinella spiralis cytosolic fractions. Tubulin from T. spiralis was partially purified by precipitation with either taxol or vinblastine sulphate. Immunoblotting with alpha- and beta-tubulin monoclonal antibodies revealed the presence of tubulin in T. spiralis partially purified(More)
A protease from excretion-secretion products of Trichinella spiralis muscle-stage larvae was purified by continuous elution electrophoresis. The state of purification was analyzed electrophoretically using one- and two-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The purified enzyme was shown to be a single polypeptide with an(More)
In the present report we study the proteolytic activity of the excretion-secretion and crude extracts of different stages of Trichinella spiralis (Owen, 1835) Railliet, 1895, (muscle-stage larvae, adult worms before and after mating, and newborn larvae) using natural substrates (structural and hematic mammalian proteins). The analysis of the results allow(More)
This study was performed to mimic human consumption of fish flesh infected with larvae of the fish cestode Gymnorhynchis gigas and examine possible side effects thereof. Both a rat and a mouse G. gigas oral inoculation model were used. The rat model was evaluated according to propensity to induce stress responses in three tissues and anaphylactic antibody(More)
The presence of cholinesterases (ChE) is reported in T. pseudospiralis excretion-secretion products (ESP) by spectrophotometric method, using acetylthiocholine (ATCI) and butyrilthiocholine (BTCI) as substrates. By inhibition assays, we found that T. pseudospiralis release both acetyl- and butiryl-cholinesterases (AchE and BchE, respectively). The(More)
Cholinesterases were detected in protoscolices of Echinococcus granulosus spectrophotometrically and electrophoretically. To characterize these activities as acetylcholinesterases or pseudocholinesterases, BW284C51 and the organophosphate anthelmintic Neguvón were assayed as specific inhibitors of acetylcholinesterases, while Iso-OMPA was employed as(More)
In the present study we report the presence of acetylcholinesterase activity and gamma-aminobutyric acid binding sites in crude extracts of Dicrocoelium dendriticum. This indirectly demonstrates the presence of acetylcholine and GABA. The presence of these neurotransmitters could indicate the existence of two systems implicated in the neurotransmission of(More)
A 24-kDa collagenase was localized in the Gymnorhynchus gigas plerocercoid immunohistochemically by peroxidase complex staining using polyclonal antibodies from NMRI mouse sera immunized with purified enzyme. Immunoreactivity was determined at different parts of the body (scolex, vesicle and caudal region) and mainly localized in microtriches and(More)
The consumption of marinated anchovies is the main route of transmission of anisakiasis in Spain. Because this country is one of the world's major tourist destinations, this traditional food also poses a potential health risk to millions of foreign visitors. Anisakis larvae are not destroyed by the traditional marinating procedure, and alternative methods,(More)