Sean G. Forrester

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Invertebrate ligand-gated chloride channels are well recognized as important targets for several insecticides and anthelmintics. Hco-UNC-49 is a GABA-gated chloride channel from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus and is an orthologue to the neuromuscular receptor (Cel-UNC-49) from the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. While the receptors(More)
Hco-UNC-49 is a GABA receptor from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus that has a relatively low overall sequence similarity to vertebrate GABA receptors but is very similar to the UNC-49 receptor found in the free living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. While the nematode receptors do share >80% sequence similarity they exhibit different(More)
We have identified two genes from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus, Hco-unc-49B and Hco-unc-49C that encode two GABA-gated chloride channel subunits. Electrophysiological analysis revealed that this channel has properties similar to those of the UNC-49 channel from the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. For example, the Hco-UNC-49B(More)
Ion channels are targets for many drugs including insecticides and anthelminthic agents such as ivermectin (IVM) and moxidectin (MOX). IVM has been shown to activate glutamate-gated chloride channels (GluCls) from the free-living nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans. Haemonchus contortus is a parasitic nematode that is also extremely sensitive to IVM. The high(More)
Parasitic nematode infection of humans and livestock is a major problem globally. Attempts to control nematode populations have led to the development of several classes of anthelmintic, which target cys-loop ligand-gated ion channels. Unlike the vertebrate nervous system, the nematode nervous system possesses a large and diversified array of ligand-gated(More)
We have identified and characterized a novel cys-loop GABA receptor subunit (Hco-LGC-38) from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus. This subunit is present in parasitic and free-living nematodes and shares similarity to both the UNC-49 group of GABA receptor subunits from nematodes and the resistant to dieldrin (RDL) receptors of insects. Expression(More)
Serotonin and dopamine play important roles in the biology of nematodes where they exert their effect on feeding, locomotion and reproductive behavior. Haemonchus contortus, a parasitic nematode which infects small ruminants, is responsible for considerable economic losses in agriculture. In the current study we have mapped the localisation of these two(More)
Helminth parasites rely on fast-synaptic transmission in their neuromusculature to experience the outside world and respond to it. Acetylcholine plays a pivotal role in this and its receptors are targeted by a wide variety of both natural and synthetic compounds used in human health and for the control of parasitic disease. The model, Caenorhabditis elegans(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Cys-loop GABA receptors represent important targets for human chemotherapeutics and insecticides and are potential targets for novel anthelmintics (nematicides). However, compared with insect and mammalian receptors, little is known regarding the pharmacological characteristics of nematode Cys-loop GABA receptors. Here we have(More)
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