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Comparison of Echinococcus multilocularis and Echinococcus granulosus hydatid fluid proteome provides molecular strategies for specialized host-parasite interactions

Chun-Seob Ahn, Jeong-Geun Kim, Xiumin Han, Insug Kang and Yoon Kong _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:97009-97024. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.20761

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Chun-Seob Ahn1, Jeong-Geun Kim1, Xiumin Han2,3, Insug Kang4 and Yoon Kong1

1Department of Molecular Parasitology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea

2Qinghai Province Institute for Endemic Diseases Prevention and Control, Xining, China

3Clinical Research Institute for Hydatid Disease, Qinghai Provincial People’s Hospital, Xining, China

4Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Correspondence to:

Yoon Kong, email: [email protected]

Keywords: alveolar echinococcosis, cystic echinococcosis, hydatid fluid, proteome, protein-protein interaction networks

Received: June 22, 2017     Accepted: August 09, 2017     Published: September 08, 2017


Alveolar and cystic echinococcoses, caused by the metacestodes of Echinococcus multilocularis and E. granulosus, are prevalent in several regions and invoke deleterious zoonotic helminthiases. Hydatid fluid (HF), which contains proteinaceous and non-proteinaceous secretions of the parasite- and host-derived components, critically affects the host-parasite interplay and disease progression. We conducted HF proteome profiling of fully mature E. multilocularis vesicle (nine months postinfection) and E. granulosus cyst (stage 2). We identified 120 and 153 proteins, respectively, in each fluid. Fifty-six and 84 proteins represented distinct species; 44 and 66 were parasites, and 12 and 18 were host-derived proteins. The five major parasite protein populations, which included antigen B isoforms, metabolic enzymes, proteases and inhibitors, extracellular matrix molecules (ECMs), and developmental proteins, were abundantly distributed in both fluids and also exclusively in one sample or the other. Carbohydrate-metabolizing enzymes were enriched in E. granulosus HF. In the E. multilocularis HF, proteins that constitute ECMs, which might facilitate adhesion and cytogenesis, were highly expressed. Those molecules had physical and functional relationships along with their biochemical properties through protein-protein interaction networks. Twelve host-derived proteins were largely segregated to serum components. The major proteins commonly and uniquely detected in these HFs and their symbiotic interactome relationships might reflect their biological roles in similar but distinct modes of maturation, invasion, and the longevity of the parasites in the hosts.

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