Characterisation of proteases involved in egg hatching of the sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina

Anna R Young, Nunzio Sebastiano Mancuso, Elza Nicole Theresia Meeusen, V M Bowles

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Abstract

A number of proteases were identified in the egg shell washings (ESW) collected during the egg hatching of Lucilia cuprina (sheep blowfly). Characterization of these proteases indicated a pH optima in a similar pH range that was optimal for L. cuprina egg hatching. Mechanistic characterization of these proteases indicated that they were predominantly of the serine class. Several protease inhibitors were tested for their ability to inhibit L. cuprina egg hatching in vitro. Egg hatching was significantly (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925 - 932
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal for Parasitology
Volume30
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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