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Common human protein linked to adverse parasitic worm infections

represent a major , leading to a variety of , such as anemia, elephantiasis, and dysentery. Several drugs are available to treat worm infections, but reinfection is high especially in developing countries.

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Hookworms infect the lung and cause severe inflammation. Image shows immunofluorescent staining of infected mouse lung tissue for worm antigen (green), worm and macrophage bound lectin (red) and cell nuclei (blue).
Credit:Nair Lab, UC Riverside.


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Collaborating in the study were scientists from: the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in New Zealand; Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador; St. George’s University of London; the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases at the National Institutes of Health; and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Funding for the research at UCR was provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, the Division of Biomedical Sciences (UCR School of Medicine) and a UCR Academic Senate Regents Faculty Fellowship.

University of California – Riverside