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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2013

PGP expression in Cooperia oncophora before and after ivermectin selection

Areskog, Marlene; Engström, Annie; Tallkvist, Jonas; von Samson-Himmelstjerna, Georg; Höglund, Johan


The aim of this study was to investigate genetic selection and P-glycoprotein (PGP) expression in three different isolates of Cooperia oncophora before treatment and after ivermectin (IVM) injection. Adult parasites were recovered from nine calves experimentally infected with the isolates represented by one IVM susceptible laboratory isolate, and two field isolates showing signs of phenotypic macrocyclic lactone resilience according to the faecal egg count reduction test. Five males and five females per isolate were examined both pre- and post-IVM treatment giving a total of 60 worms. A sequence from C. oncophora (Con-pgp) was identified, showing 83% similarity to Pgp-9 of Caenorhabditis elegans. Primers specific to putative Con-pgp-9 mRNA were designed, generating a 153-bp PCR product. Total RNA was prepared from all worms, and Con-pgp-9 expression was measured by quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR. Our results showed that mean PGP concentrations were four to five times higher in female as compared to male worms. No significant differences in gene expression between experimental groups pre- and post-IVM selection were detected. However, PGP gene expression tended to be increased by IVM treatment in male worms (p = 0.091), with 70% higher mean expression in treated than in untreated male worms. Amplified fragment length polymorphism analysis did not demonstrate any bottleneck effect within the different isolates post-treatment. The total mean gene diversity values were 0.158 and 0.153 before and after treatment, respectively. Inbreeding coefficient in subpopulations compared to total population F ST was 0.0112, suggesting no genetic differentiation between or within the investigated isolates in relation to treatment. In conclusion, comparison of Con-pgp-9 expression showed no significant difference before and after treatment, but some tendency towards increasing expression in male worms.

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Parasitology Research
2013, volume: 112, number: 8, pages: 3005-3012
Publisher: SPRINGER

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Engström, Annie
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health
Tallkvist, Jonas
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health
von Samson-Himmelstjerna, Georg

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