Elwyn James LaCourse

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Livestock infection by the parasitic fluke Fasciola hepatica causes major economic losses worldwide. The excretory-secretory (ES) products produced by F. hepatica are key players in understanding the host-parasite interaction and offer targets for chemo- and immunotherapy. For the first time, subproteomics has been used to compare ES products produced by(More)
Control of Fasciola hepatica infections of livestock in the absence of vaccines depends largely on the chemical triclabendazole (TCBZ) because it is effective against immature and adult parasites. Overdependence on a single drug and improper application is considered a significant factor in increasing global reports of fluke resistant to TCBZ. The mode(s)(More)
BACKGROUND Liver fluke infection of livestock causes economic losses of over US$ 3 billion worldwide per annum. The disease is increasing in livestock worldwide and is a re-emerging human disease. There are currently no commercial vaccines, and only one drug with significant efficacy against adult worms and juveniles. A liver fluke vaccine is deemed(More)
In contrast to their mammalian hosts, parasitic nematodes are heme auxotrophs and require pathways for the uptake and transport of exogenous heme for incorporation into hemoproteins. Phase II detoxification Nu-class glutathione transferase (GST) proteins have a proposed role as heme-binding ligandins in parasitic nematodes. The genome-verified free-living(More)
To clarify the extent and putative transmission zone of bovine fasciolosis on the slopes of Mount Elgon, Uganda, conjoint parasitological and malacological surveys, inclusive of inspection of animals at slaughter, were undertaken at increasing altitudes. A total of 239 cattle were sampled across eight locations ranging in elevation from 1112-2072 m. Faecal(More)
BACKGROUND fasciola hepatica, along with Fasciola gigantica, is the causative agent of fasciolosis, a foodborne zoonotic disease affecting grazing animals and humans worldwide. Pathology is directly related to the release of parasite proteins that facilitate establishment within the host. The dominant components of these excretory-secretory (ES) products(More)
The parasite Fasciola hepatica causes major global disease of livestock, with increasing reports of human infection. Vaccine candidates with varying protection rates have been identified by pre-genomic approaches. As many candidates are part of protein superfamilies, sub-proteomics offers new possibilities to systematically reveal the relative importance of(More)
Fasciola hepatica is responsible for human disease and economic livestock loss on a global scale. We report the first post-genomic investigation of cellular proteins expressed by embryonic F. hepatica via two-dimensional electrophoresis, image analysis and tandem mass spectrometry. Antioxidant proteins and protein chaperones are prominently expressed by(More)
Changes and local immune response were evaluated in the peritoneal cell populations, duodenal lamina propria and liver from goats immunized with recombinant glutathione transferase sigma class (rFhGST-S1) during early stages of infection with Fasciola hepatica. Group 1 (n=7) was unimmunized and uninfected; group 2 (n=10) was immunized with adjuvant Quil A(More)
The earthworm Lumbricus rubellus (Hoffmeister, 1843) is a terrestrial pollution sentinel. Enzyme activity and transcription of phase II detoxification superfamily glutathione transferases (GST) is known to respond in earthworms after soil toxin exposure, suggesting GST as a candidate molecular-based pollution biomarker. This study combined sub-proteomics,(More)