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Parasitol Int. 2000 Dec;49(4):327-33.

Purification of a diagnostic, secreted cysteine protease-like protein from the hookworm Ancylostoma caninum.

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Molecular Parasitology Unit, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, 300 Herston Rd, Brisbane, Qld 4006, Australia.


The enteric infection of humans with the canine hookworm Ancylostoma caninum varies in its clinical presentation, ranging from asymptomatic to eosinophilic gastroenteritis requiring surgical intervention. Infections are not patent, but can be diagnosed immunologically by detecting antibodies to an immunodominant secreted hookworm protein termed Ac68. To characterise Ac68, we purified the native protein from A. caninum excretory/secretory products using size exclusion followed by anion exchange chromatography. The epitopes in the purified protein recognised by human infection sera were shown to be proteins and not carbohydrates. The N-terminal amino acid sequence of the purified Ac68 was determined and six of the 11 residues obtained were shared with a previously characterised cysteine protease of A. caninum, AcCP1.

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