Identification of paramyosin as schistosome antigen recognized by intradermally vaccinated mice

Science  31 Oct 1986:
Vol. 234, Issue 4776, pp. 593-596
DOI: 10.1126/science.3094144


Mice immunized intradermally with extracts of Schistosoma mansoni in combination with the adjuvant BCG are significantly protected against subsequent infection with living larval forms of the parasite. Remarkably, these vaccinated animals produce antibodies predominantly against a single parasite protein of molecular weight 97 kilodaltons (Sm-97). A complementary DNA that encodes about half of the Sm-97 molecule has now been cloned and sequenced. Analysis of the deduced amino acid sequence reveals a protein containing periodic repeats of hydrophobic amino acids characteristic of an alpha-helical coiled-coil structure. The deduced amino acid composition of the cloned gene and several properties of the native protein are similar to that of paramyosin, an alpha-helical protein that forms the core for myosin filaments in invertebrate muscle. Paramyosin was isolated from Schistosoma mansoni adult worms and antibodies to Sm-97 were shown to react with this molecule as well as with a known paramyosin from molluscan muscle.