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Host specificity in blood feeding parasites: a defining contribution by haemoglobin-degrading enzymes?

Host specificity in blood feeding parasites: a defining contribution by haemoglobin-degrading enzymes?

International Journal for Parasitology 30(6): 785-790

ISSN/ISBN: 0020-7519

PMID: 10856514

DOI: 10.1016/s0020-7519(00)00045-x

A hypothesis is presented that proposes that the compatibility between species-specific variants of haemoglobin-degrading proteases of blood-feeding parasites (e.g. hookworms, schistosomes, malarial parasites, etc.), and their natural substrates, i.e. haemoglobins from diverse species of mammals, has influenced the evolution of the host range of these parasites.

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