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ABC transporters in the liver fluke Opisthorchis felineus
- Mordvinov, Viatcheslav A., Ershov, Nikita I., Pirozhkova, Darya S., Pakharukov, Yuri V., Pakharukova, Maria Y.
- Molecular and biochemical parasitology 2017
- Opisthorchis, P-glycoproteins, adults, anthelmintics, excretory system, gene expression, gene induction, genes, genetic markers, liver flukes, messenger RNA, nucleotide sequences, opisthorchiasis, polymerase chain reaction, public health, sequence analysis, therapeutics, tissues, toxins, transcriptome, verapamil, xenobiotics, Eastern European region, Russia
- ATP-binding cassette transporters (ABC transporters) are essential components of normal cellular physiological machinery in all eukaryotic and prokaryotic species, including parasites. Some ABC transporters, e.g., P-glycoproteins, are involved in the efflux of toxins and xenobiotics from the cell. At present, nothing is known about ABC transporter genes in epidemiologically important liver flukes from the Opisthorchiidae family, including European liver fluke Opisthorchis felineus. Opisthorchiasis caused by O. felineus is a serious public health problem on the territory of Russia and other Eastern European countries. ABC drug transporters are attractive objects of research on molecular markers of resistance and on ways to potentiate sensitivity to anthelmintics through suppression of the transporters themselves with specific inhibitors.Here we aimed at the identification of ABC transporters in the O. felineus transcriptome and identification of P-glycoproteins. In addition, our aim was to assess ABC transcript abundance in the RNA-seq data, to study the mRNA expression of P-glycoprotein genes by Droplet Digital PCR throughout the life cycle of O. felineus, and to test the gene induction in response to xenobiotics or anthelminthic agents.We found 23 nucleotide sequences encoding ABC transporters belonging to different subfamilies, including four sequences of P-glycoproteins. According to the transcript abundance in the RNA-seq data, one of P-glycoproteins (P4) has the highest expression among all ABC genes in the adult worm. P-glycoproteins showed substantially differential mRNA expression throughout the fluke life cycle, with high expression in the adult worms. Putative activity of P-glycoproteins as xenobiotic efflux pumps was found to be linked to the excretory system of O. felineus and to be inhibited by verapamil or tariquidar.Thus, ABC drug transporters in the liver fluke O. felineus are functionally active, indicating that ABC drug transporters are likely to be molecular targets for a combination therapy aimed at prevention of a xenobiotic removal from helminth tissues and at increasing the drug concentration in the tissues.