Signalling pathways and the host-parasite relationship: Putative targets for control interventions against schistosomiasis: Signalling pathways and future anti-schistosome therapies

Hong You, Geoffrey N. Gobert, Malcolm K. Jones, Wenbao Zhang, Donald P. McManus*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A better understanding of how schistosomes exploit host nutrients, neuro-endocrine hormones and signalling pathways for growth, development and maturation may provide new insights for improved interventions in the control of schistosomiasis. This paper describes recent advances in the identification and characterisation of schistosome tyrosine kinase and signalling pathways. It discusses the potential intervention value of insulin signalling, which may play an important role in glucose uptake and carbohydrate metabolism in schistosomes, providing the nutrients essential for parasite growth, development and, notably, female fecundity. Significant progress has also been made in the characterisation of other schistosome growth factor receptors, such as transforming growth factor beta receptor and epidermal growth factor receptor, and in our understanding of their roles in the host-parasite molecular dialogue and parasite development. The use of parasite signal transduction components as novel vaccine or drug targets may prove invaluable in prevention, treatment and control strategies to combat schistosomiasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-214
Number of pages12
JournalBioEssays
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Host-parasite interaction
  • Insulin receptor
  • Schistosome
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Signalling pathway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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