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Data from: Gene expression profiles associated with the transition to parasitism in Ancylostoma caninum larvae

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Moser, Jennifer M.; Freitas, Tori; Arasu, Prema; Gibson, Greg (2009), Data from: Gene expression profiles associated with the transition to parasitism in Ancylostoma caninum larvae, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.972

Abstract

Ancylostoma caninum is a common canine parasite responsible for anemia and death in infected dogs. Gene expression profiling was used to investigate molecular differences between two different forms of the third larval stage (L3s): infective free-living larvae and in vitro serum-stimulated larvae that mimic the initial stages of parasitism of a host. We developed an A. caninum cDNA microarray consisting of 4191 EST clones, and used it to identify a set of 113 genes that are differentially regulated between infective and parasitic larval stages. Real-time RT-PCR was used to confirm the expression differences of a subset of the genes. Of the genes repressed upon serum stimulation, seven encode members of the 'Ancylostoma secreted protein' ASP family, while another transcript encoding a 24 kDa excretory protein with similarity to ASP was up-regulated in serum-stimulated L3s. This suggests that different members of a protein family that has important implications for the hookworm's parasitic lifestyle are regulated in a complementary manner in response to serum stimulation. Comparison of two strains of A. caninum from North Carolina and Maryland only identified a single gene, one of the members of the ASP family, that was differentially repressed upon serum stimulation.

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