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Ornithine decarboxylase antizyme (OAZ), a prominent regulator of cell proliferation, DNA/RNA transformation and tumorigenesis, can bind to ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) and facilitate its degradation. Expression of OAZ requires a unique ribosomal frame shift that is regulated by levels of polyamine in the cell. In this study, we cloned an OAZ gene with the +1 ribosomal frame-shift from a fourth-stage larvae cDNA library of Angiostrongylus cantonensis. We removed one nucleotide to express the gene without polyamine. The sequence analysis showed that the deleted-mutation ornithine decarboxylase antizyme (DM-AcOAZ) contained a conservative domain related to other species OAZ. Quantitative real-time PCR revealed that DM-AcOAZ was expressed in L3 and L4 stages and adult female worms. More notably the expression level is the highest in the adult female stage. Immunohistochemical studies indicated that DM-AcOAZ was specifically localized in the uterus, oocyte and intestine in adult female worms. MTT assays showed that in DM-AcOAZ transfected HeLa cells, cell proliferation is inhibited. In conclusion, DM-AcOAZ may be a female-enriched protein and may involved in the cell proliferation in A. cantonensis. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Jing Chen, Qian Liu, Xiao Yang, Xiansheng Wu, Dongjing Zhang, Ai He, Ximei Zhan. Characterization and immunolocalization of mutated ornithine decarboxylase antizyme from Angiostrongylus cantonensis. Molecular and biochemical parasitology. 2013 Aug;190(2):76-81

PMID: 23816446

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