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Parasitology. 2001 Sep;123(Pt 3):301-8.

DNA-binding activity in the excretory-secretory products of Trichinella pseudospiralis (Nematoda: Trichinelloidea).

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  • 1Department of Zoology, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, China.


A novel DNA-binding peptide of Mr approximately 30 kDa was documented for the first time in the excretory-secretory (E-S) products of the infective-stage larvae of Trichinella pseudospiralis. Larvae recovered from muscles of infected mice were maintained for 48 h in DMEM medium. E-S products of worms extracted from the medium were analysed for DNA-binding activity by the electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA). Multiple DNA-protein complexes were detected. A comparison of the Mr of proteins in the complexes indicated that they could bind to the target DNA as a dimer, tetramer or multiples of tetramers. Site selection and competition analysis showed that the binding has a low specificity. A (G/C-rich)-gap-(G/T-rich)-DNA sequence pattern was extracted from a pool of degenerate PCR fragments binding to the E-S products. Results of immunoprecipitation and electrophoretic mobility supershift assay confirmed the authenticity of the DNA-binding protein as an E-S product.

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