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The proteolytic activities of homogenates prepared from the second larva (L2) and the third larva (L3) as well as the adult stage of the eel-pathogenic nematodeAnguillicola crassus were examined using hemoglobin, azocoll, elastin-orcein, and keratin azure as substrates. Whole bodies of L2 larvae, the anterior third of the bodies of L3 larvae, and the(More)
The proteolytic activities of extracts prepared from procercoids and plerocercoids as well as adults of the pseudophyllidean cestode Schistocephalus solidus were examined using several proteins and synthetic peptides as substrates. Whole bodies of procercoids and the isolated syncytial tegument of plerocercoids and adults prepared by freeze-thaw were(More)
Cystacanths and adults of the acanthocephalan Pomphorhynchus laevis were found to release proteolytic enzymes during in vitro culture. Culture media in which cystacanths had been kept contained a trypsinlike collagenolytic proteinase exhibiting a molecular mass of 29 kDa on gelatin substrate gel electrophoresis and a pH optimum at pH 9.0. Samples of adults(More)
Host invasion and tissue migration of several helminths have been linked to expression and release of parasite-derived proteinases. The plerocercoid of the cestode Proteocephalus ambloplitis can migrate into the visceral organs or, in the case of bass, from them into the intestinal tract of the same individual fish. It does this within a few hours, aided by(More)
In frozen sections of the acanthocephalanPomphorhynchys laevis, which is a frequent intestinal parasite of cyprinid and salmonid fishes, leucine aminopeptidase (APase) was localized histochemically in outer parts of the presomal bulbus as well as in all layers and most nuclei of the metasomal body wall. Enzyme activity visualized at pH 6.5(More)
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