Current Understandings of Molecular Biology of Echinococcus multilocularis, a Pathogen for Alveolar Echinococcosis in Humans- a Narrative Review Article

  • Xiaoqiang WANG College of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou, P.R. China
  • Juntao DING College of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou, P.R. China
  • Xiaola GUO State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Etiological Biology, Key Laboratory of Veterinary Parasitology of Gansu Province, Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, CAAS, Lanzhou, Gansu, China
  • Yadong ZHENG Mail State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Etiological Biology, Key Laboratory of Veterinary Parasitology of Gansu Province, Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, CAAS, Lanzhou, Gansu, China
Echinococcus multilocu¬laris, Signalling pathway, Alternative splicing


Background: Echinococcus multilocularis is a tiny tapeworm, responsible for 0.3~0.5 million alveolar echinococcosis in humans.Methods: We searched relevant papers published between 1981 and 2013 based on the database sources such as PubMed and Google scholar, and collected and integrated the data for analysis.Results: The parasite is able to use host-originated molecules to modulate its develop­ment and has complex signalling pathways than expected previously. E. multilocularis utilizes many types of alternative splicing approaches to generate transcript isoforms. Recently, the genome of E. multilocularis has been deciphered.Conclusion: These data will give us a profound understanding of biology of E. multilocularis, which will promote the use as a model to study helminths. 


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WANG X, DING J, GUO X, ZHENG Y. Current Understandings of Molecular Biology of Echinococcus multilocularis, a Pathogen for Alveolar Echinococcosis in Humans- a Narrative Review Article. Iran J Parasitol. 10(3):329-337.
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