The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Molecular analysis of astacin-like metalloproteases of Ostertagia ostertagi.

In this study, we describe the molecular analysis of zinc-metalloproteases from the abomasal nematode Ostertagia ostertagi which were exclusively recognized by local antibodies of immune cattle. Full-length or partial coding sequences of 4 different zinc-metalloprotease cDNAs of Ostertagia (met-1, -2, -3 and -4) were amplified using gene-specific primers using the 3'- and 5'-Rapid Amplification of cDNA Ends (RACE) technique. Sequence analysis identified the cDNAs as encoding zinc-metalloproteases, which showed between 62% and 70% homology to a metalloprotease 1 precursor of Ancylostoma caninum. The full-length cDNA of met-1 consists of an open reading frame (ORF) of 586 amino acids which contains 5 potential N-glycosylation sites and a predicted zinc-binding domain (HEBXHXBGFXHEXXRXDRD). The complete coding sequence of met-3 contains an ORF of 508 aa and the same conserved zinc-binding domain. These domains are signature sequences of the astacin family of the superfamily of metzincin metalloproteases. The presence of a threonine amino acid after the third histidine in MET-1 and MET-3, however, may place them in a new family or subfamily. Real-time PCR analysis of L3, exsheathed L3, L4 and adult cDNA identified transcription of the 4 metalloproteases in different life-stages. The protein MET-1 was expressed in insect cells using the baculovirus expression system but the immunization of calves with this molecule did not lead to protection against challenge infection.[1]


  1. Molecular analysis of astacin-like metalloproteases of Ostertagia ostertagi. De Maere, V., Vercauteren, I., Geldhof, P., Gevaert, K., Vercruysse, J., Claerebout, E. Parasitology (2005) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities