Localisation of actin in the liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica

A W Stitt, I Fairweather, A G Trudgett, C F Johnston, S M Anderson

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Adult and 3-week-old juvenile Fasciola hepatica were examined for the presence of the cytoskeletal protein actin. Techniques of direct fluorescence using fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-phalloidin and of indirect immunofluorescence using a monoclonal anti-actin antibody (MAA) demonstrated actin in the testes, sub-tegumental and gut musculature, tegumental cell bodies and tegumental spines. In contrast, polyclonal anti-actin antibody (PAA) revealed immunostaining only in the vitellaria. Effective removal of the tegument with 1% (w/v) sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and this enabled immunoblotting of whole fluke and tegumental fractions with and without spines. Whole fluke fractions produced three bands corresponding to molecules exhibiting relative molecular weights of 43, 28 and 15 kDa, respectively, whereas the tegumental fraction with spines revealed a single band corresponding to 15 kDa in size. The fraction without spines displayed no bands. The present study localised actin in a number of different tissue types within the liver fluke. Using MAA, three forms of actin have been identified in the whole fluke and a single one in the tegumental spines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-102
Number of pages7
JournalParasitology Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • Actins
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Blotting, Western
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • Fasciola hepatica
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence


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