Parasitology Research

, Volume 101, Issue 5, pp 1225–1231 | Cite as

Molecular cloning and enzymatic characterization of a class mu glutathione S-transferase of Paragonimus westermani

  • Tae Yun Kim
  • Ji-Yun Lee
  • Tae Im Kim
  • Ki Ho Moon
  • Shin-Yong Kang
  • Sung-Jong HongEmail author
Original Paper


Glutathione S-transferase (GST) is a component of a second line of defense against bioreactive radicals derived from host immune attack. Paragonimus westermani causes acute or chronic lung diseases in mammals. A cDNA clone, PwGST#11, of adult P. westermani produced in the present study was 748 bp long and encoded an open reading frame of 217 amino acids with a starting methionine. The molecular mass of this putative polypeptide, Pw26GST, was estimated to be 25.1 kDa with an isoelectric point of 5.7. Pw26GST was homologous with the 26-kDa GSTs of trematodes and vertebrates. Nine of the ten amino acid residues lining the glutathione-binding pocket were conserved. Putative Pw26GST polypeptide was clustered with 26-kDa GSTs of trematodes belonging to the class μ. Recombinant Pw26GST protein generated bacterially, revealed GST enzyme activity toward an universal and class μ-specific substrates. Mouse antisera to recombinant Pw26GST protein recognized native 26-kDa GST of P. westermani but not the GSTs of any other trematodes. Collectively, Pw26GST was found to be a member of class μ GSTs of P. westermani.


cDNA Fragment CDNB Conserve Amino Acid Residue Immune Seron Degenerate Oligonucleotide Primer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tae Yun Kim
    • 2
  • Ji-Yun Lee
    • 1
  • Tae Im Kim
    • 1
  • Ki Ho Moon
    • 1
  • Shin-Yong Kang
    • 1
  • Sung-Jong Hong
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ParasitologyChung-Ang University College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Infection Biology, College of MedicineChungnam National UniversityDaejeonSouth Korea

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