Intestinal proteases of free-living and parasitic astigmatid mites

Holt, Deborah C., Burgess, Stewart T. G., Reynolds, Simone L., Mahmood, Wajahat and Fischer, Katja (2013) Intestinal proteases of free-living and parasitic astigmatid mites. Cell and Tissue Research, 351 2: 339-352. doi:10.1007/s00441-012-1369-9


Author Holt, Deborah C.
Burgess, Stewart T. G.
Reynolds, Simone L.
Mahmood, Wajahat
Fischer, Katja
Title Intestinal proteases of free-living and parasitic astigmatid mites
Journal name Cell and Tissue Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0302-766X
1432-0878
Publication date 2013-02-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s00441-012-1369-9
Volume 351
Issue 2
Start page 339
End page 352
Total pages 14
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Among arthropod pests, mites are responsible for considerable damage to crops, humans and other animals. However, detailed physiological data on these organisms remain sparse, mainly because of their small size but possibly also because of their extreme diversity. Focusing on intestinal proteases, we draw together information from three distinct mite species that all feed on skin but have separately adapted to a free-living, a strictly ecto-parasitic and a parasitic lifestyle. A wide range of studies involving immunohistology, molecular biology, X-ray crystallography and enzyme biochemistry of mite gut proteases suggests that these creatures have diverged considerably as house dust mites, sheep scab mites and scabies mites. Each species has evolved a particular variation of a presumably ancestral repertoire of digestive enzymes that have become specifically adapted to their individual environmental requirements.
Keyword Protease
Sarcoptes scabiei
Psoroptes ovis
Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 17 March 2012.

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