Journal article

Isolation and characterization of class II myosin genes from Haemonchus contortus

M Hu, NB Chilton, D Hartman, AJ Nisbet, PJA Presidente, RB Gasser



In this study, cDNAs encoding myosin from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus were isolated and characterized. Several exhibited a considerable degree of sequence variation at the nucleotide and limited divergence at the amino acid levels within the various functional domains. The results suggest that the cDNAs isolated represented a single myosin heavy chain, which, by comparison with a number of other myosins, is inferred to represent a homologue of a muscle myosin (CeMHCA) of the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. The findings could have implications for investigating cytoskeletal dynamics and/or signalling pathways.