Jennifer M. Fitzpatrick

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Host inflammatory responses directed against eggs laid by sexually-mature Schistosoma japonicum female worms instigate lesion formation and associated clinical pathologies during infection. To identify parasite gene transcripts that associate with egg production and to characterise sexually-mature adult gene expression profiles of two related Chinese(More)
Global profiling transcriptomes of parasitic helminths offers the potential to simultaneously identify co-ordinately expressed genes, novel genetic programs and uniquely utilized metabolic pathways, which together provide an extensive and new resource for vaccine and drug discovery. We have exploited this post-genomic approach to fabricate the first(More)
Egg production is responsible for life cycle progression and host immunopathology during schistosomiasis, with the associated parasite molecules being investigated as potential novel chemotherapeutic targets. Here, we characterize two Schistosoma mansoni products, tyrosinase 1 and tyrosinase 2 (SmTYR1/SmTYR2) and show that their diphenol oxidase enzyme(More)
Pairing of adult Schistosoma mansoni parasites initiates a cascade of events including mating and egg production that ultimately leads to immuno-pathological lesions during schistosomiasis. To identify genes associated with this important biological process, we studied parasites isolated from single- versus mixed-sex cercariae-infected mice using DNA(More)
BACKGROUND Novel methods to identify anthelmintic drug and vaccine targets are urgently needed, especially for those parasite species currently being controlled by singular, often limited strategies. A clearer understanding of the transcriptional components underpinning helminth development will enable identification of exploitable molecules essential for(More)
Biomphalaria glabrata is an intermediate snail host for Schistosoma mansoni, one of the important schistosomes infecting man. B. glabrata/S. mansoni provides a useful model system for investigating the intimate interactions between host and parasite. Examining differential gene expression between S. mansoni-exposed schistosome-resistant and susceptible(More)
Schistosome helminths constitute a major health risk for the human population in many tropical areas. We demonstrate for the first time that several developmental stages of the human parasite Schistosoma mansoni express arginase, which is responsible for the hydrolysis of l-arginine to l-ornithine and urea. Arginase activity by alternatively activated(More)
For the human blood fluke, Schistosoma mansoni, the developmental period that constitutes the transition from miracidium to sporocyst within the molluscan host involves major alterations in morphology and physiology. Although the genetic basis for this transformation process is not well understood, it is likely to be accompanied by changes in gene(More)
Publication of the transcriptomes of Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosoma japonicum, in conjunction with the sequencing and assembly of their genomes, has generated a comprehensive picture of Schistosoma transcriptional and genomic diversity. Subsequently, researchers who study conjugal and developmental biology, tegumental composition and larval or egg,(More)
The parasitic protozoan Toxoplasma gondii and its relatives (e.g. Plasmodium spp., which cause malaria) constitute a major global health problem. In recent years, the elucidation of biological processes in these parasites has accelerated with the application of genetic and genomic methodologies. Genetic analyses in T. gondii have revealed a remarkably(More)