The cytochrome P450 family in the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus

Laing, R. , Bartley, D. J., Morrison, A. A., Rezansoff, A., Martinelli, A., Laing, S. T. and Gilleard, J. S. (2015) The cytochrome P450 family in the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus. International Journal for Parasitology, 45(4), pp. 243-251. (doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2014.12.001) (PMID:25558056) (PMCID:PMC4365919)

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<i>Haemonchus contortus</i>, a highly pathogenic and economically important parasitic nematode of sheep, is particularly adept at developing resistance to the anthelmintic drugs used in its treatment and control. The basis of anthelmintic resistance is poorly understood for many commonly used drugs with most research being focused on mechanisms involving drug targets or drug efflux. Altered or increased drug metabolism is a possible mechanism that has yet to receive much attention despite the clear role of xenobiotic metabolism in pesticide resistance in insects. The cytochrome P450s (CYPs) are a large family of drug-metabolising enzymes present in almost all living organisms, but for many years thought to be absent from parasitic nematodes. In this paper, we describe the CYP sequences encoded in the <i>H. Contortus</i> genome and compare their expression in different parasite life-stages, sexes and tissues. We developed a novel real-time PCR approach based on partially assembled CYP sequences “tags” and confirmed findings in the subsequent draft genome with RNA-seq. Constitutive expression was highest in larval stages for the majority of CYPs, although higher expression was detected in the adult male or female for a small subset of genes. Many CYPs were expressed in the worm intestine. A number of <i>H. Contortus</i> genes share high identity with <i>Caenorhabditis elegans</i> CYPs and the similarity in their expression profiles supports their classification as putative orthologues. Notably, <i>H. Contortus</i> appears to lack the dramatic CYP subfamily expansions seen in <i>C. elegans</i> and other species, which are typical of CYPs with exogenous roles. However, a small group of <i>H. Contortus</i> genes cluster with the <i>C. elegans</i> CYP34 and CYP35 subfamilies and may represent candidate xenobiotic metabolising genes in the parasite.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gilleard, Professor John and Laing, Mr Steven and Bartley, Dr David and Laing, Dr Roz
Authors: Laing, R., Bartley, D. J., Morrison, A. A., Rezansoff, A., Martinelli, A., Laing, S. T., and Gilleard, J. S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
Journal Name:International Journal for Parasitology
ISSN (Online):1879-0135
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal for Parasitology 45(4):243-251
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
443881Population genetics and genomics of ovine parasitic nematodes and their application to the study of anthelmintic resistanceAndrew TaitBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)BB/E018505/1SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE