Ricardo DeMarco

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Schistosoma mansoni is responsible for the neglected tropical disease schistosomiasis that affects 210 million people in 76 countries. Here we present analysis of the 363 megabase nuclear genome of the blood fluke. It encodes at least 11,809 genes, with an unusual intron size distribution, and new families of micro-exon genes that undergo frequent(More)
Schistosoma mansoni is the primary causative agent of schistosomiasis, which affects 200 million individuals in 74 countries. We generated 163,000 expressed-sequence tags (ESTs) from normalized cDNA libraries from six selected developmental stages of the parasite, resulting in 31,000 assembled sequences and 92% sampling of an estimated 14,000 gene(More)
Using the data set of 180,000 expressed sequence tags (ESTs) of the blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni generated recently by our group, we identified three novel long-terminal-repeat (LTR)- and one novel non-LTR-expressed retrotransposon, named Saci-1, -2, and -3 and Perere, respectively. Full-length sequences were reconstructed from ESTs and have deduced open(More)
Schistosoma mansoni is a well-adapted blood-dwelling parasitic helminth, persisting for decades in its human host despite being continually exposed to potential immune attack. Here, we describe in detail micro-exon genes (MEG) in S. mansoni, some present in multiple copies, which represent a novel molecular system for creating protein variation through the(More)
The genus Schistosoma is composed of blood flukes that infect vertebrates, from which three species are major causative agents of human schistosomiasis, a tropical disease that affects more than 200 million people. Current models of the recent evolution of Schistosoma indicate multiple events of migration and speciation from an Asian ancestral species.(More)
BACKGROUND The protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi is the causative agent of Chagas disease. There are no vaccines or effective treatment, especially in the chronic phase when most patients are diagnosed. There is a clear necessity to develop new drugs and strategies for the control and treatment of Chagas disease. Recent papers have suggested the(More)
Schistosoma mansoni is a major causative agent of schistosomiasis, which constitutes a severe health problem in developing countries. We have previously described the SmATPDase1 gene, encoding a protein from the external surface of the parasites. In this work, we describe the cloning and characterization of SmATPDase2, a novel CD39-like ATP(More)
An ecto-NTP diphosphohydrolase (NTPDase) activity, insensitive to inhibitors of ATPases and phosphatases, was characterized on the surface of live Trypanosoma cruzi intact parasites. The enzyme exhibits broad substrate specificity, typical of NTPDases, and a high hydrolysis rate for GTP. A 2282 bp message encoding a full-length NTPDase was cloned by RT-PCR(More)
Schistosoma mansoni, a human parasite that constitutes a major health problem in developing countries, escapes from host defenses and survives in the human bloodstream. Here, we report the cloning of a S. mansoni ATP-diphosphohydrolase ortholog (SmATPDase1). Southern blots indicated that in S. mansoni it is a single-copy gene. RT-PCR revealed that(More)
This work describes 18 new transcribed retrotransposons of the blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni. Among them, 9 were LTR, 8 non-LTR, and 1 Penelope-like element (PLE) retrotransposon. Sequences were generated by in silico reconstruction using S. mansoni ESTs and transcripts obtained by rapid amplification of cDNA ends, complemented in some cases by sequencing(More)