Han-jiang He

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Cystatins are thiol proteinase inhibitors ubiquitously present in mammalian body and serve various important physiological functions. In the present study, a novel cystatin molecule (AcCystatin) was cloned from a cDNA library of Angiostrongylus cantonensis fourth-stage larvae. The putative 14-kDa protein contained 120 residues with cystatin-conserved motifs(More)
Researches on genes expressed in a cercarial stage-specific manner may help us understand the molecular events and functions during schistosome invasion of skin. A genomic clone encoding 8-kDa calcium-binding protein (SjCa8) specifically expressed in cercariae and skin-stage schistosomulum (transformed within 3 h) was obtained from cercariae. Recombinant(More)
Galectin plays an important role in host–parasite interactions. In this study, we identified a novel gene encoding galectin-10 (AcGal-10) from the cDNA library of Angiostrongylus cantonensis and characterized its biological role in the parasite. Sequence and phylogeny analysis showed that AcGal-10 is related to other galectin family members with the(More)
Angiostrongylus cantonensis infection causes eosinophilic meningitis in humans. Baicalein is a flavonoid originally isolated from the roots of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi. In this study we evaluated the efficacy of the combination of albendazole and baicalein for treating eosinophilic meningitis in BALB/c mice. Therapeutic efficacy included the survival(More)
Angiostrongyliasis, also known as eosinophils meningitis, is caused by Angiostrongylus cantonensis parasites in the human central nervous system. Currently, the drug of choice for treatment of angiostrongyliasis is albendazole, but dead worm lysis causes severe inflammatory response, which leads to central nervous system damage. Tribendimidine, a(More)
OBJECTIVE To clone and express C31B8.8 gene of wild-type Caenorhabditis elegans, and study the immunological characteristic of the recombinant protein. METHODS Total RNA was extracted from cultivated C. elegans and reversely transcribed into cDNA. C31B8.8 gene was amplified by PCR and cloned into pMD-18T vector for sequencing. The accurate sequence was(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a class of zinc-binding endopeptidases mainly responsible for degrading extracellular matrix constituent components, which also serve as effectors of leukocyte recruitment, cytotoxicity, cytokine and chemokine processing, and defensin activation involved in multiple mechanisms of immunomodulation. MMPs are a conserved(More)
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