Heidi Kongshaug

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The multiplicity or loss of the vitellogenin (vtg) gene family in vertebrates has been argued to have broad implications for the mode of reproduction (placental or non-placental), cleavage pattern (meroblastic or holoblastic) and character of the egg (pelagic or benthic). Earlier proposals for the existence of three forms of vertebrate vtgs present(More)
Francisella is a genus of gram-negative bacterium highly virulent in fishes and human where F. tularensis is causing the serious disease tularaemia in human. Recently Francisella species have been reported to cause mortality in aquaculture species like Atlantic cod and tilapia. We have completed the sequencing and draft assembly of the Francisella(More)
An emerging field in biomedical research is focusing on the roles of aquaporin water channels in parasites that cause debilitating or lethal diseases to their vertebrate hosts. The primary vectorial agents are hematophagous arthropods, including mosquitoes, flies, ticks and lice, however very little is known concerning the functional diversity of aquaporins(More)
The salmon louse Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Copepoda, Caligidae) is an important parasite in the salmon farming industry in the Northern Hemisphere causing annual losses of hundreds of millions of dollars (US) worldwide. To facilitate development of a vaccine or other novel measures to gain control of the parasite, knowledge about molecular biological(More)
Clip domain containing serine peptidases (CSPs) include one or more N-terminal clip domain(s) and a C-terminal serine peptidase domain that shares traits with both chymotrypsin and trypsin. CSPs are found in arthropods and are involved in embryonic patterning, immune responses and blood clotting. Among crustaceans only one CSP, which activates(More)
Both myocardial and plasma endothelin-1 (ET-1) are elevated in congestive heart failure (CHF). However, the role played by endogenous ET-1 in the progression of CHF remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to investigate and correlate myocardial gene expression programs and left ventricular (LV) remodeling during chronic ET-receptor antagonism in(More)
During its parasitic life stages, the marine ectoparasitic copepod Lepeophtheirus salmonis ingests large amounts of host blood, which contains high amounts of iron. Iron is an essential micronutrient, but also toxic in high dosages, and blood-feeding parasites like the salmon louse must thus possess an efficient system to handle the excess iron. Iron(More)
Trypsins constitute a subclass of the S1A family of serine peptidases found in all groups of animal and some bacteria. At present, no information about the genomic organisation of trypsins is available for copepods. The only data of copepod trypsins indicate several different trypsins in the marine parasitic copepod Lepeophtheirus salmonis. In the present(More)
Nuclear receptors have crucial roles in all metazoan animals as regulators of gene transcription. A wide range of studies have elucidated molecular and biological significance of nuclear receptors but there are still a large number of animals where the knowledge is very limited. In the present study we have identified an RXR type of nuclear receptor in the(More)
Rhabdoviruses are a family of enveloped negative-sense single-stranded RNA viruses infecting a variety of hosts. Recently, two vertically transmitted salmon louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) rhabdoviruses (LsRV) have been identified. The prevalence of these viruses was measured along the Norwegian coast and found to be close to 100%, and with the present lack(More)