Echinostoma caproni (Trematoda): differential in vivo mucin expression and glycosylation in high- and low-compatible hosts

Cortés, A., Muñoz-Antoli, C., Sotillo, J., Fried, B., Esteban, J.G., and Toledo, R. (2015) Echinostoma caproni (Trematoda): differential in vivo mucin expression and glycosylation in high- and low-compatible hosts. Parasite Immunology, 37 (1). pp. 32-42.

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Enhanced mucus production and release appears to be a common mechanism for the clearance of intestinal helminths, and this expulsion is normally mediated by Th2-type immune responses. To investigate the factors determining the expulsion of intestinal helminths, we have analysed in vivo expression of mucin genes at the site of infection in two host species displaying different compatibility with Echinostoma caproni (Trematoda). Surprisingly, a general down-regulation on mucin mRNA expression was detected in low-compatible hosts (rats) coinciding with the development of Th2/Th17 responses and the early rejection of the worms from the intestinal lumen. This suggests the existence of a mechanism by which the parasites can modulate the mucus barrier to favour their survival. In highly compatible hosts (mice), some mucin genes were found to be up-regulated throughout the infection, probably, to protect the intestinal epithelium against the infection-induced inflammation developed in this host species. Moreover, infection-induced changes on mucin glycans were also studied by lectin histochemistry. Similar alterations were detected in the ileum of infected mice and rats, except with SNA lectin, indicating that sylated mucins might play an important role in determining the evolution of the infection in each host species.

Item ID: 38951
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-3024
Keywords: Echinostoma caproni, expulsion, glycosylation, intestine, lectin, mucin expression
Funders: Universitat de Valencia (UV), Conselleria d'Educació, Generalitat Valenciana (CE), Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (MECD)
Projects and Grants: UV Projects INV-AE13-136845, CE PROMETEO2014-083 Fase II, MECD BFU2013-41040
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2015 01:47
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110803 Medical Parasitology @ 20%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060307 Host-Parasite Interactions @ 80%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 50%
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