Université de Neuchâtel

The impact of gene knock-down and vaccination against salivary metalloproteases on blood feeding and egg laying by Ixodes ricinus

Decrem, Yves ; Mariller, Marcel ; Lahaye, Kathia ; Blasioli, Virginie ; Beaufays, Jérôme ; Boudjeltia, Karim Zouaoui ; Vanhaeverbeek, Michel ; Cérutti, Martine ; Brossard, Michel ; Vanhamme, Luc ; Godfroid, Edmond

In: International Journal for Parasitology, 2008, vol. 38, no. 5, p. 549-560

Two cDNAs coding homologous putative metalloproteases (Metis 1 and Metis 2, expected molecular weights of 55.6 and 56.0 kDa, respectively) were identified from the hard tick Ixodes ricinus. The expression of Metis genes was induced in salivary glands during tick blood meal. RNA interference was used to assess the role of both Metis 1 and Metis 2 in tick feeding. It was found that salivary...