Tissue and life-stage distribution of a defensin gene in the Lone Star tick, Amblyomma americanum.

@article{Todd2007TissueAL,
  title={Tissue and life-stage distribution of a defensin gene in the Lone Star tick, Amblyomma americanum.},
  author={S. Michelle Todd and Daniel E. Sonenshine and Wayne L. Hynes},
  journal={Medical and veterinary entomology},
  year={2007},
  volume={21 2},
  pages={141-7}
}
The transcript sequence of the Amblyomma americanum Linnaeus (Acari: Ixodidae) defensin, termed amercin (amn), was ascertained and a 219-bp amn coding region identified. The gene encodes a 72-amino acid prepropeptide with a putative 37-amino acid mature peptide. This gene shows little similarity to either of the defensins from Amblyomma hebraeum Koch, the only other Amblyomma species for which a defensin has been described. Sequence comparisons with other tick defensins reveal amn to be shorter… CONTINUE READING

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