Abstract:Blisterase is a subtilisin-like proprotein convertase of nematodes. The enzyme is named after the blistered cuticle found in Caenorhabditis elegans with the bli-4 e937 mutation. The critical role of the enzyme in cuticle production makes it a potential drug target for parasitic nematodes. We have cloned and expressed blisterase from the parasitic nematode Onchocerca volvulus, a major cause of blindness in Africa. The catalytic domain of the protease exhibits 84% identity with the corresponding domain of its cl… Show more
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