Chitinase: a novel target for blocking parasite transmission?

  title={Chitinase: a novel target for blocking parasite transmission?},
  author={Mohammed Shahabuddin and David C Kaslow},
  journal={Parasitology today},
  volume={9 7},
In many species of blood-sucking arthropod, the internal tissues are covered by chitinous material that may hinder parasite invasion. To circumvent this potential barrier, therefore, parasites have developed mechanisms that involve the enzyme chitinase. In this review, Mohammed Shohobuddin and David C. Kaslow examine the relationship between chitinase and parasite transmission.