Ray H Fetterer

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Avian coccidiosis, an intestinal disease caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Eimeria, occurs worldwide. It is considered to be one of the most economically important diseases of domestic poultry. For many years, prophylactic use of anticoccidial feed additives has been the primary means of controlling coccidiosis in the broiler industry and has(More)
The benzodiazepine derivative (Ro 11-3128) which has central nervous effects similar to other benzodiazepines, and praziquantel (PZ), are two new antischistosomal drugs. At low concentrations these drugs will produce a marked spastic paralysis of male Schistosoma mansoni musculature. An analysis of the action of these drugs on the parasite's musculature(More)
Third-stage larvae (L3) of Ascaris suum develop and molt to fourth-stage larvae (L4) during in vitro cultivation; consistently greater than 80% of the larvae develop to L4 during 7 days in culture (DIC). To assess the role of proteases in this process, the effect of protease class-specific inhibitors was studied. The presence of either a serine protease(More)
An acid phosphatase (AP) and a phosphorylcholine hydrolase (PCH) were detected in excretory-secretory (ESP) products from adult Haemonchus contortus. The AP had a pH optimum of 4.5 and was inhibited by tartaric acid and sodium fluoride, but not by o-phenanthroline. The AP hydrolyzed paranitrophenol (pnp)-phosphate and to a lesser extent(More)
We have characterized and purified a parasite protease which mediates the ecdysis of Haemonchus contortus, and at least several other ruminant trichostrongyles. The protease, with an apparent approximate molecular weight of 44,000, is a zinc metalloprotein which hydrolyzes several large protein substrates in in vitro assays. In vivo and in biological assays(More)
A serine protease inhibitor, termed TsCEI, was purified from adult-stage Trichuris suis by acid precipitation, affinity chromatography (elastase-agarose), and reverse-phase HPLC. The molecular weight of TsCEI was estimated at 6.437 kDa by laser desorption mass spectrometry. TsCEI potently inhibited both chymotrypsin (K(i) = 33.4 pM) and pancreatic elastase(More)
A trypsin inhibitor was identified in extracts of adult Trichuris suis and culture fluids from 24-h in vitro cultivation of adult parasites. The inhibitor was isolated by acid precipitation, affinity chromatography (trypsin-agarose), and reverse phase HPLC as a single polypeptide with a molecular weight estimated at 6.6 kDa by laser desorption mass(More)
The dominant proteins released by Ascaris suum during development in vitro from the L3 to L4 stage were identified as collagenous cuticular proteins by sequence analysis and susceptibility to digestion by collagenase. Under reducing sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), the collagen proteins separated into 3 groups with(More)
A metalloaminopeptidase was identified in culture fluids collected during in vitro cultivation of adult Ascaris suum. The enzyme was purified by anion-exchange and size-exclusion HPLC. The M(r) of the enzyme was estimated at 293 kDa and consisted of subunits with M(r)s of 153 and 142kDa. The isoelectric point of the aminopeptidase was 4.7. The(More)