In vitro biomarker discovery in the parasitic flatworm Fasciola hepatica for monitoring chemotherapeutic treatment

Type Article
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-99
Number of pages15
JournalEuPA Open Proteomics
Early online date12 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
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The parasitic flatworm Fasciola hepatica is a global food security risk. With no vaccines, the sustainability of triclabendazole (TCBZ) is threatened by emerging resistance. F. hepatica excretory/secretory (ES) products can be detected in host faeces and used to estimate TCBZ success and failure. However, there are no faecal based molecular diagnostics dedicated to assessing drug failure or resistance to TCBZ in the field. Utilising in vitro maintenance and sub-proteomic approaches two TCBZ stress ES protein response fingerprints were identified: markers of non-killing and lethal doses. This study provides candidate protein/peptide biomarkers to validate for detection of TCBZ failure and resistance.


  • Proteomics , Biomarkers, Triclabendazole, Calreticulin