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Molecular and biochemical characterizations of three fructose-1,6-bisphosphate aldolases from Clonorchis sinensis.
Mol. Biochem. Parasitol.
PUBLISHED: 04-13-2014
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Fructose-1,6-bisphosphate aldolase (FbA) is a ubiquitous enzyme in glycolysis. In the present study, we screened out three distinct genes encoding FbA isozymes (CsFbAs, CsFbA-1/2/3) from Clonorchis sinensis (C. sinensis) and characterized their sequences and structures profiles as well as biochemical properties. The amino acid sequences of CsFbAs shared homology with those of Class I FbAs from other species. The putative quaternary structures revealed that CsFbA-2 and CsFbA-3 were tetramers, while CsFbA-1 was dimer. Recombinant CsFbA-2 and CsFbA-3 (rCsFbA-2/3) were confirmed to be Class I FbAs for their stable enzymatic activities in the presence of EDTA or metal ions. However, recombinant CsFbA-1 (rCsFbA-1) did not show the catalytic activity, which might be due to the inappropriate fold and interaction between its subunits. Both rCsFbA-2 and rCsFbA-3 showed similar enzymatic properties such as optimal temperatures and broad pH ranges that similar to human FbA isozymes. They showed relatively higher affinities for fructose-1,6-bisphosphate (FBP) than fructose-1-phosphate (F-1-P). Their kcat ratios of FBP to F-1-P were in accordance with those of human FbA-A or C. In addition, CsFbAs were differentially transcribed in the developmental stages of C. sinensis, suggesting their essential roles throughout the life stages. Extensive distribution of CsFbAs in adult worms indicated that ubiquitous activities of CsFbAs took place in these organs. Collectively, these results suggested that long-term parasitic environment might adapt these isozymes similar to host FbAs for metabolic requirement. Our study will provide new insight into CsFbAs in the glycometabolism of C. sinensis and relationship between the host and the parasite.
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Salvianolic acid B promotes osteogenesis of human mesenchymal stem cells through activating ERK signaling pathway.
Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol.
PUBLISHED: 02-18-2014
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Salvianolic acid B, a major bioactive component of Chinese medicine herb, Salvia miltiorrhiza, is widely used for treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Our recent studies have shown that Salvianolic acid B can prevent development of osteoporosis. However, the underlying mechanisms are still not clarified clearly. In the present study, we aim to investigate the effects of Salvianolic acid B on viability and osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). The results showed Salvianolic acid B (Sal B) had no obvious toxic effects on hMSCs, whereas Sal B supplementation (5?M) increased the alkaline phosphatase activity, osteopontin, Runx2 and osterix expression in hMSCs. Under osteogenic induction condition, Sal B (5?M) significantly promoted mineralization; and when the extracellular-signal-regulated kinases signaling (ERK) pathway was blocked, the anabolic effects of Sal B were diminished, indicating that Sal B promoted osteogenesis of hMSCs through activating ERK signaling pathway. The current study confirms that Sal B promotes osteogenesis of hMSCs with no cytotoxicity, and it may be used as a potential therapeutic agent for the management of osteoporosis.
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Identification, immunolocalization, and immunological characterization of nitric oxide synthase-interacting protein from Clonorchis sinensis.
Parasitol. Res.
PUBLISHED: 02-14-2014
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Recently, accumulating evidences indicate that nitric oxide (NO) is a potent mediator with diverse roles in regulating cellular functions, signaling pathways, and variety of pathological processes. In the present study, using data from the published genomic for Clonorchis sinensis (C. sinensis), we investigated a gene encoding nitric oxide synthase-interacting protein (NOSIP) of C. sinensis. Recombinant CsNOSIP (rCsNOSIP) was expressed and purified from Escherichia coli BL21. The open reading frame of CsNOSIP comprises 867 bp which encodes 289 amino acids and shares 72.9, 45.2, 47, 46.4, and 45.8% identity with NOSIP from Schistosoma mansoni, Xenopus laevis, Rattus norvegicus, Mus musculus, and Homo sapiens, respectively. Bioinformatics analysis suggested that the full-length sequence contains an eNOS-interacting domain and numerous B-cell epitopes. Quantitative RT-PCR indicated that CsNOSIP differentially transcribed throughout the adult worms, metacercariae, and egg stages of C. sinensis, and were highly expressed in the adult worms. Moreover, western blot analysis showed that the rCsNOSIP could be detected by the serum from BALB/c mice infected with C. sinensis and the serum from BALB/c mice immunized with excretory/secretory products (ESPs). Furthermore, immunolocalization assay showed that CsNOSIP was specifically localized in the intestine, vitellarium, and eggs of adult worm. Both immunoblot and immunolocalization results demonstrated that CsNOSIP was one component of ESPs of C. sinensis, which could be supported by SignalP analysis. Moreover, analysis of the antibody subclass and cytokine profile demonstrated that subcutaneously immunized BALB/c mice with rCsNOSIP could significantly enhance serum IgG1 level and up-regulate expression of IL-4 and IL-6 in the splenocytes. Our results suggested that CsNOSIP was an important antigen exposed to host immune system and probably involved in immune regulation of host by inducing Th2-polarized immune response.
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Taurine promotes human mesenchymal stem cells to differentiate into osteoblast through the ERK pathway.
Amino Acids
PUBLISHED: 01-28-2014
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Taurine has been reported to influence bone metabolism, but the role of taurine on osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated the effect of taurine on osteogenic differentiation of hMSCs. The results showed that taurine increased the alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and mineralized nodules in hMSCs induced by osteogenic induced medium. Meanwhile, RT-PCR analysis showed that taurine up-regulated the mRNA expression of ALP, osteopontin, Runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2) and Osterix in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, taurine induced activation of extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK) and pretreatment with the ERK inhibitor U0126 abolished the taurine-induced osteogenesis of hMSCs. Taken together, our study reveals that taurine promotes the osteogenesis of hMSCs by activating the ERK pathway.
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The carcinogenic liver fluke, Clonorchis sinensis: new assembly, reannotation and analysis of the genome and characterization of tissue transcriptomes.
PLoS ONE
PUBLISHED: 01-30-2013
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Clonorchis sinensis (C. sinensis), an important food-borne parasite that inhabits the intrahepatic bile duct and causes clonorchiasis, is of interest to both the public health field and the scientific research community. To learn more about the migration, parasitism and pathogenesis of C. sinensis at the molecular level, the present study developed an upgraded genomic assembly and annotation by sequencing paired-end and mate-paired libraries. We also performed transcriptome sequence analyses on multiple C. sinensis tissues (sucker, muscle, ovary and testis). Genes encoding molecules involved in responses to stimuli and muscle-related development were abundantly expressed in the oral sucker. Compared with other species, genes encoding molecules that facilitate the recognition and transport of cholesterol were observed in high copy numbers in the genome and were highly expressed in the oral sucker. Genes encoding transporters for fatty acids, glucose, amino acids and oxygen were also highly expressed, along with other molecules involved in metabolizing these substrates. All genes involved in energy metabolism pathways, including the ?-oxidation of fatty acids, the citrate cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, and fumarate reduction, were expressed in the adults. Finally, we also provide valuable insights into the mechanism underlying the process of pathogenesis by characterizing the secretome of C. sinensis. The characterization and elaborate analysis of the upgraded genome and the tissue transcriptomes not only form a detailed and fundamental C. sinensis resource but also provide novel insights into the physiology and pathogenesis of C. sinensis. We anticipate that this work will aid the development of innovative strategies for the prevention and control of clonorchiasis.
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Molecular identification, immunolocalization, and characterization of Clonorchis sinensis calmodulin.
Parasitol. Res.
PUBLISHED: 01-29-2013
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One cDNA clone (Cs18h09) encoding Clonorchis sinensis calmodulin (CsCaM) was isolated from our adult cDNA plasmid library. The open reading frame of CsCaM contains 450 bp which encodes 149 amino acids. CsCaM protein comprises four calcium-binding EF-hand motifs. The amino acid sequence of CsCaM shares very high homology with other species. Quantitative RT-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) revealed that CsCaM mRNA was constitutively transcribed in development cycle stages of the parasite, including adult worm, metacercaria, excysted metacercaria, and egg. In addition, recombinant CsCaM (rCsCaM) was expressed as a soluble protein and anti-rCsCaM rat serum could detect CsCaM in the C. sinensis somatic extracts but not in the C. sinensis excretory-secretory products (ESPs). Moreover, immunolocalization assay showed that CsCaM was located in tegument, intestine, pharynx, and eggs. Furthermore, rCsCaM was found to bind calcium ion (Ca2+) and magnesium (Mg2+) in electrophoretic mobility shift assay. Ca2+ binding increased the ability of rCsCaM to bind the hydrophobic fluorescent probe 8-anilinonaphthalene-1-sulphonate, causing a blue shift in the fluorescence emission from 540 to 515 nm with an excitation wavelength of 380 nm and substantial increase in fluorescence intensity but not Mg2+. Collectively, here we showed the basic characterization of CsCaM and inferred that CsCaM could be a Ca2+ sensor protein, and CsCaM may possibly participate in growth and development of adult worm and egg of C. sinensis through binding Ca2+.
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Identification and immunological characterization of thioredoxin transmembrane-related protein from Clonorchis sinensis.
Parasitol. Res.
PUBLISHED: 01-29-2013
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Thioredoxin transmembrane related protein (TMX), a member of thioredoxin superfamily, is localized to the endoplasmic reticulum and possesses a thioredoxin-like domain that plays an important role as an oxidoreductase. The functions of TMX in Clonorchis sinensis remain to be elucidated. In this study, we cloned and characterized a novel TMX of C. sinensis (CsTMX). The CsTMX cDNA sequence contained a 414-nucleotide open-reading frame encoding a protein of 137 amino acids. A thioredoxin domain was found in the position of aa21-117 and contained the putative active-site motif Cys-Pro-Ala-Cys. BLASTx analysis showed that CsTMX shared 39-57% amino acid identities with TMX of other organisms. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis demonstrated that CsTMX was differentially transcribed, with the highest level of expression in the adult worm stage and the lowest expression in egg stage. In addition, immunofluorescence assay showed CsTMX was localized in the tegument, vitelline gland, intestine, and intrauterine eggs of adult worm. Besides, immunoblot assay revealed that the recombinant CsTMX (rCsTMX) could be recognized by the sera from rats infected with C. sinensis and the sera from rats immunized by excretory-secretory products. Furthermore, analysis of the antibody isotype profile revealed that rats subcutaneously immunized with rCsTMX developed rCsTMX-specific antibody, which is dominance of IgG2a in sera. Meanwhile, production of IFN-? was elevated strongly in the supernatants of spleen cell. The results collectively indicated that CsTMX might play an important role in the host-parasite interaction, as well as CsTMX probably involved in immunoregulation of host by inducing Th1-type dominated immune response in rats.
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Low Divergence of Clonorchis sinensis in China Based on Multilocus Analysis.
PLoS ONE
PUBLISHED: 01-01-2013
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Clonorchis sinensis, an ancient parasite that infects a number of piscivorous mammals, attracts significant public health interest due to zoonotic exposure risks in Asia. The available studies are insufficient to reflect the prevalence, geographic distribution, and intraspecific genetic diversity of C. sinensis in endemic areas. Here, a multilocus analysis based on eight genes (ITS1, act, tub, ef-1a, cox1, cox3, nad4 and nad5 [4.986 kb]) was employed to explore the intra-species genetic construction of C. sinensis in China. Two hundred and fifty-six C. sinensis isolates were obtained from environmental reservoirs from 17 provinces of China. A total of 254 recognized Multilocus Types (MSTs) showed high diversity among these isolates using multilocus analysis. The comparison analysis of nuclear and mitochondrial phylogeny supports separate clusters in a nuclear dendrogram. Genetic differentiation analysis of three clusters (A, B, and C) showed low divergence within populations. Most isolates from clusters B and C are geographically limited to central China, while cluster A is extraordinarily genetically diverse. Further genetic analyses between different geographic distributions, water bodies and hosts support the low population divergence. The latter haplotype analyses were consistent with the phylogenetic and genetic differentiation results. A recombination network based on concatenated sequences showed a concentrated linkage recombination population in cox1, cox3, nad4 and nad5, with spatial structuring in ITS1. Coupled with the history record and archaeological evidence of C. sinensis infection in mummified desiccated feces, these data point to an ancient origin of C. sinensis in China. In conclusion, we present a likely phylogenetic structure of the C. sinensis population in mainland China, highlighting its possible tendency for biogeographic expansion. Meanwhile, ITS1 was found to be an effective marker for tracking C. sinensis infection worldwide. Thus, the present study improves our understanding of the global epidemiology and evolution of C. sinensis.
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Molecular characterization and expression of a cysteine protease from Clonorchis sinensis and its application for serodiagnosis of clonorchiasis.
Parasitol. Res.
PUBLISHED: 11-02-2011
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Cysteine proteases play essential roles in parasite physiology as well as in host-parasite interactions through their modulation of various biological and pathobiological events. In the present study, a full-length sequence encoding cysteine protease of Clonorchis sinensis (CsCP) was isolated from our adult cDNA library. The open reading frame contains 984 bp encoding 327 amino acids. The present amino acid sequence shared 68% identity with two known CsCP genes and 29-49% identity with that of other species. Bioinformatics analysis showed that conserved domains and characteristic amino acid residues of cysteine proteases were observed in this sequence. Real-time PCR experiments revealed that CsCP was consecutively transcribed in various developmental stages of the parasite, including adult worm, excysted juvenile, metacercaria and egg. Recombinant CsCP (rCsCP) could be probed by rat anti-CsCP serum, rabbit anti-excretory-secretory products (ESP) serum and serum from human infected with Clonorchis sinensis in Western blot. The result of immunolocalization showed that CsCP was mainly located in the oral sucker, excretory bladder and tegument of cercariae and metacercariae, as well as the intestine of adult worm. The rCsCP-based IgG and its isotypes were all detected in sera from human infected with C. sinensis by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and the level of IgG1 is the highest. The receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was used to determine the most appropriate cut-off value that yielded the high sensitivity (86.96%) and specificity (70.42%). These results revealed that CsCP may play an important role in the biology of C. sinensis and could be a diagnostic candidate for clonorchiasis.
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Identification and molecular characterization of a novel signaling molecule 14-3-3 epsilon in Clonorchis sinensis excretory/secretory products.
Parasitol. Res.
PUBLISHED: 04-21-2011
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Increasing evidence shows that 14-3-3 proteins are involved in many biology events in addition to signal transduction. Extensive investigations on structural and biochemical features of these signaling molecules have implied their importance in the biological process. In the present study, we have identified and characterized the 14-3-3 epsilon (Cs14-3-3) in Clonorchis sinensis that causes human clonorchiasis. Recombinant protein was expressed in Escherichia coli (E. coli) and identified by MALDI-TOF/TOF. Immunoblot results revealed that Cs14-3-3 was a component of excretory/secretory products. Ligand blot assay indicated that 14-3-3 epsilon could bind C. sinensis MAPKAPK 2 in a nonphosphorylation-dependent manner. This protein could be detected at four stages of the life cycle by RT-PCR experiments and immunolocalization showed that Cs14-3-3 was extensively distributed in C. sinensis, especially at the outer surface and the sucker of adult worm and cyst wall of metacercaria. Taken together, 14-3-3 epsilon might play some roles in the development of the parasites. In addition, Cs14-3-3 epsilon should be addressed for the diagnostic value in C. sinensis infection in consideration of high sensitivity and specificity. As an immune stimulus, C. sinensis 14-3-3 epsilon was found to provoke a Th1/Th2 balanced immune response by inducing high levels of both IgG1 and IgG2a. Recombinant Cs14-3-3 conferred effective protection both in worm reduction rate and egg reduction rate, suggesting that the signaling molecule Cs14-3-3 was a promising vaccine candidate against C. sinensis infection.
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Molecular characterization of cathepsin B from Clonorchis sinensis excretory/secretory products and assessment of its potential for serodiagnosis of clonorchiasis.
Parasit Vectors
PUBLISHED: 03-23-2011
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Cathepsin cysteine proteases play multiple roles in the life cycle of parasites such as food uptake, immune invasion and pathogenesis, making them valuable targets for diagnostic assays, vaccines and drugs. The purpose of this study was to identify a cathepsin B of Clonorchis sinensis (CsCB) and to investigate its diagnostic value for human helminthiases.
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Clonorchis sinensis enolase: identification and biochemical characterization of a glycolytic enzyme from excretory/secretory products.
Mol. Biochem. Parasitol.
PUBLISHED: 02-21-2011
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Enolase plays a key role in energy metabolism and development of most organisms. We isolated a gene encoding enolase from Clonorchis sinensis (C. sinensis) adult cDNA library and expressed the recombinant protein in Escherichia coli. C. sinensis enolase (Csenolase) was identified as both an excretory/secretory product and a tegumental component of C. sinensis by western blot analysis. The transcriptional level of Csenolase was examined at adult worm, metacercaria, cercaria and egg of C. sinensis, and results showed that Csenolase is transcribed at the four life stages of C. sinensis while showing a significant higher expression level at the stage of adult worm. Immunohistochemical localization indicated that Csenolase was specifically deposited on the tegument of adult worm and cyst wall of metacercaria. Ligand blot assay revealed a specific characteristic of dose-dependent plasminogen-binding activity of Csenolase and kinetic parameters were explored using 2-phospho-D-glycerate (2-PGA) as the primary substrate by monitoring the conversion of nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide (NADH) into nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD). In addition, Csenolase exhibited active enzyme activity in catalytic reactions while the anti-Csenolase serum inhibited the enzyme activity. In vitro incubation experiments revealed that Csenolase might play key roles in the growth of the parasites. In conclusion, Csenolase is an important glycolytic enzyme required for the development of C. sinensis, and may be a potential vaccine candidate and drug target against C. sinensis infection.
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The draft genome of the carcinogenic human liver fluke Clonorchis sinensis.
Genome Biol.
PUBLISHED: 01-31-2011
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Clonorchis sinensis is a carcinogenic human liver fluke that is widespread in Asian countries. Increasing infection rates of this neglected tropical disease are leading to negative economic and public health consequences in affected regions. Experimental and epidemiological studies have shown a strong association between the incidence of cholangiocarcinoma and the infection rate of C. sinensis. To aid research into this organism, we have sequenced its genome.
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Preventive effects of berberine on glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in rats.
Planta Med.
PUBLISHED: 06-24-2010
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Glucocorticoids are widely used to treat chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. However, long-term glucocorticoid therapy can result in serious side effects, such as osteoporosis. The present study investigated the preventive effects of berberine on glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in rats. Male Sprague Dawley rats were treated with vehicle, glucocorticoid, glucocorticoid and berberine, or glucocorticoid and calcium carbonate with vitamin D (3) for 12 weeks. The proximal tibiae of all rats were processed without decalcification for quantitative bone histomorphometry, and femur mechanical testing as well as bone mineral density (BMD) were analyzed. A significant decrease was found in the glucocorticoid-treated group compared with the control group in such indices as biomechanical quality, BMD, trabecular bone volume/total tissue area (BV/TV), trabecular number (Tb.N), trabecular thickness (Tb.Th), mineral apposition rate (MAR), bone formation rate/total tissue area (BFR/TV), and bone formation rate/trabecular bone surface (BFR/BS). In addition, significantly increased trabecular separation (Tb.Sp), osteoclast number/trabecular bone volume (Oc.N/BV), and osteoclast surface/trabecular bone surface (Oc.S/BS) were observed in the glucocorticoid-treated group, compared with the control group. Berberine and calcium carbonate with vitamin D (3) prevented the decrease in biomechanical quality, BMD, BV/TV, Tb.N, Tb.Th, MAR, BFR/TV, and BFR/BS, as well as increased Tb.Sp, Oc.N/BV, and Oc.S/BS in glucocorticoid-induced osteoporotic rats. The present results suggest that berberine prevents glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis by inhibiting bone resorption and improving bone formation.
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Characteristics of fly ash from the dry flue gas desulfurization system for iron ore sintering plants.
Environ Technol
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The characteristics of fly ash from the flue gas desulfurization (FGD) system are important for its reuse and are mainly depend on the desulfurization process. The physical and chemical properties of DSF ash, which refers to fly ash from the dry FGD system for the iron ore sintering process, were investigated. Its mineralogical contents were determined by X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetry analysis, and its micro-morphology was studied by scanning electric micrograph analysis. The results show that DSF ash has a higher CaO and SO3 content, and the main sulfur form is sulfite, with only a part of it oxidized to sulfate. The major minerals present in DSF ash are hannebachite, anhydrite, calcite and portlandite; a minor constituent is calcium chloride. The particles of DSF ash are irregular, fragmentary and small, and hannebachite grows on their surfaces. Particle size is affected by the FGD process, and the ash size from the maximized emission reduction of the sintering-FGD process is lower than that from the circulating fluidized bed-FGD process. The particle size distribution of DSF ash follows the Rosin--Rammler-Bennet equation.
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Identification and characterization of paramyosin from cyst wall of metacercariae implicated protective efficacy against Clonorchis sinensis infection.
PLoS ONE
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Human clonorchiasis has been increasingly prevalent in recent years and results in a threat to the public health in epidemic regions, motivating current strategies of vaccines to combat Clonorchis sinensis (C. sinensis). In this study, we identified C. sinensis paramyosin (CsPmy) from the cyst wall proteins of metacercariae by proteomic approaches and characterized the expressed recombinant pET-26b-CsPmy protein (101 kDa). Bioinformatics analysis indicated that full-length sequences of paramyosin are conserved in helminthes and numerous B-cell/T-cell epitopes were predicted in amino acid sequence of CsPmy. Western blot analysis showed that CsPmy was expressed at four life stages of C. sinensis, both cyst wall proteins and soluble tegumental components could be probed by anti-CsPmy serum. Moreover, immunolocalization results revealed that CsPmy was specifically localized at cyst wall and excretory bladder of metacercaria, as well as the tegument, oral sucker and vitellarium of adult worm. Both immunoblot and immunolocalization results demonstrated that CsPmy was highly expressed at the stage of adult worm, metacercariae and cercaria, which could be supported by real-time PCR analysis. Both recombinant protein and nucleic acid of CsPmy showed strong immunogenicity in rats and induced combined Th1/Th2 immune responses, which were reflected by continuous high level of antibody titers and increased level of IgG1/IgG2a subtypes in serum. In vaccine trials, comparing with control groups, both CsPmy protein and DNA vaccine exhibited protective effect with significant worm reduction rate of 54.3% (p<0.05) and 36.1% (p<0.05), respectively. In consistence with immune responses in sera, elevated level of cytokines IFN-? and IL-4 in splenocytes suggested that CsPmy could induce combined cellular immunity and humoral immunity in host. Taken together, CsPmy could be a promising vaccine candidate in the prevention of C. sinensis regarding its high immunogenicity and surface localization.
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