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FMRFamide-Like Peptides (FLPs) Enhance Voltage-Gated Calcium Currents to Elicit Muscle Contraction in the Human Parasite Schistosoma mansoni

  • Ekaterina Novozhilova,

    Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience Program, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Michael J. Kimber,

    Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience Program, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Hai Qian,

    Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience Program, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Paul McVeigh,

    Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

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  • Alan P. Robertson,

    Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience Program, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Mostafa Zamanian,

    Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience Program, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Aaron G. Maule,

    Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

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  • Tim A. Day mail

    day@iastate.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience Program, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Published: August 10, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000790

About the Authors

Ekaterina Novozhilova, Michael J. Kimber, Hai Qian, Alan P. Robertson, Mostafa Zamanian, Tim A. Day
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience Program, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America
Paul McVeigh, Aaron G. Maule
School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: day@iastate.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: EN MJK PM APR AGM TAD. Performed the experiments: EN HQ. Analyzed the data: EN MJK MZ TAD. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: EN MJK MZ TAD. Wrote the paper: EN PM TAD.