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Mol Biochem Parasitol. 1988 Dec;31(3):241-50.

Construction of Onchocerca volvulus cDNA libraries and partial characterization of the cDNA for a major antigen.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City 52242.


Adult Onchocerca volvulus were isolated from nodules removed from onchocerciasis patients at four locations--two in the West African Sudan-savanna region (near Bamako, Mali, and Touboro, Cameroon), one in a West African forest region (Kumba, Cameroon) and one near Guatemala City, Guatemala. Four different cDNA expression libraries were constructed in bacteriophage lambda gt11 using poly(A)+ RNA from the adult female worms. Individual cDNA clones of single copy genes were used to compare the genomes of parasites from the different locales and to show that the haploid genome of O. volvulus is 1.5 x 10(8) base pairs. About 1 in 700 recombinant clones in each of the four amplified cDNA libraries produces a fusion protein recognized by pooled human anti-O. volvulus antisera. Partial sequence determination of a 2.0 kb cDNA clone for an O. volvulus protein that induces an immunodominant response in rabbits revealed that this antigen has sequence similarities with Caenorhabditis elegans myosin and with schistosome paramyosin (which confers partial protection against schistosome infection). The four cDNA libraries have been deposited with American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), 12301 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852, U.S.A., for general distribution under ATCC Number 37509.

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