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Research Article

Characterization of a Gene Family Encoding SEA (Sea-urchin Sperm Protein, Enterokinase and Agrin)-Domain Proteins with Lectin-Like and Heme-Binding Properties from Schistosoma japonicum

  • Evaristus Chibunna Mbanefo,

    Affiliations: Department of Immunogenetics, Institute of Tropical Medicine (NEKKEN) and Global COE Program, Nagasaki University, Sakamoto, Japan, Department of Parasitology and Entomology, Faculty of Bioscience, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria

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  • Mihoko Kikuchi,

    Affiliation: Department of Immunogenetics, Institute of Tropical Medicine (NEKKEN) and Global COE Program, Nagasaki University, Sakamoto, Japan

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  • Nguyen Tien Huy,

    Affiliation: Department of Immunogenetics, Institute of Tropical Medicine (NEKKEN) and Global COE Program, Nagasaki University, Sakamoto, Japan

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  • Mohammed Nasir Shuaibu,

    Affiliation: Department of Immunogenetics, Institute of Tropical Medicine (NEKKEN) and Global COE Program, Nagasaki University, Sakamoto, Japan

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  • Mahamoud Sama Cherif,

    Affiliation: Department of Immunogenetics, Institute of Tropical Medicine (NEKKEN) and Global COE Program, Nagasaki University, Sakamoto, Japan

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  • Chuanxin Yu,

    Affiliation: Laboratory on Technology for Parasitic Disease Prevention and Control, Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Meiyuan, Wuxi, People's Republic of China

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  • Masahiro Wakao,

    Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Kagoshima University, Kohrimoto, Kagoshima, Japan

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  • Yasuo Suda,

    Affiliations: Department of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Kagoshima University, Kohrimoto, Kagoshima, Japan, SUDx-Biotec Corporation, Shiroyama, Kagoshima, Japan

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  • Kenji Hirayama mail

    hiraken@nagasaki-u.ac.jp

    Affiliation: Department of Immunogenetics, Institute of Tropical Medicine (NEKKEN) and Global COE Program, Nagasaki University, Sakamoto, Japan

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  • Published: January 09, 2014
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002644

About the Authors

Evaristus Chibunna Mbanefo, Mihoko Kikuchi, Nguyen Tien Huy, Mohammed Nasir Shuaibu, Mahamoud Sama Cherif, Kenji Hirayama
Department of Immunogenetics, Institute of Tropical Medicine (NEKKEN) and Global COE Program, Nagasaki University, Sakamoto, Japan
Evaristus Chibunna Mbanefo
Department of Parasitology and Entomology, Faculty of Bioscience, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
Chuanxin Yu
Laboratory on Technology for Parasitic Disease Prevention and Control, Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Meiyuan, Wuxi, People's Republic of China
Masahiro Wakao, Yasuo Suda
Department of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Kagoshima University, Kohrimoto, Kagoshima, Japan
Yasuo Suda
SUDx-Biotec Corporation, Shiroyama, Kagoshima, Japan

Corresponding Author

Email: hiraken@nagasaki-u.ac.jp

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: ECM MK KH. Performed the experiments: ECM MK NTH MNS CY MSC MW YS. Analyzed the data: ECM MK NTH MNS YS KH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MK CY MW YS KH. Wrote the paper: ECM KH.