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Exp Parasitol. 2000 May;95(1):63-70.

Fasciola hepatica: heterologous expression and functional characterization of a thioredoxin peroxidase.

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Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular, Instituto Universitario de Biotecnología de Asturias (CSIC), Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, 33006, Spain.


A Fasciola hepatica cDNA clone of 779 bp was isolated from an adult worm cDNA expression library by immunological screening using a rabbit serum against the excretory-secretory antigens. The nucleotide sequence of the cDNA revealed the presence of an open reading frame of 582 bp which encoded a 194-amino-acid-residue polypeptide (M(r) 21,723 Da) showing a high degree of homology to thioredoxin peroxidases. This putative antioxidant protein gene was expressed in Escherichia coli as a GST fusion protein. The recombinant fusion protein showed in vitro antioxidant properties and protected rabbit muscle enolase and E. coli glutamine synthetase from inactivation by nonenzymatic Fe(3+)/O(2)/DTT or Fe(3+)/O(2)/ascorbate metal-catalyzed oxidation systems.

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