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)

Saliva of the soft tick, Ornithodoros moubata, contains anti-platelet and apyrase activities.

1. Pilocarpine-induced saliva of the soft tick Ornithodoros moubata inhibits platelet aggregation induced by ADP or collagen, even when diluted 2000 times into platelet rich plasma. 2. Saliva contains apyrase (ATP-diphosphohydrolase) activity, which has an optimal pH of 7.0 for ADP and of 8.0 for ATP hydrolysis, respectively. Both Ca2+ and Mg2+ activate the reactions. 3. The mean specific activities for ATP and ADP hydrolysis at pH 7.5 were 0.97 and 0.74 mumoles orthophosphate/min/mg protein. 4. These results, which demonstrate for the first time such activities in the saliva of soft ticks, support the hypothesis that the saliva of blood sucking arthropods serves an anti-hemostatic role during feeding and that large amounts of salivary apyrase activity have evolved independently in hematophagous arthropods.[1]


  1. Saliva of the soft tick, Ornithodoros moubata, contains anti-platelet and apyrase activities. Ribeiro, J.M., Endris, T.M., Endris, R. Comparative biochemistry and physiology. A, Comparative physiology. (1991) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities