Modulation of autoimmune and allergic responses by defined nematode molecules

W. Harnett, L. Al-Riyami, J. Rzepecka, M. M. Harnett

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This chapter explores the immunomodulatory effects of nematode infections which protect the host against autoimmune and allergic diseases. Included are discussions on specific nematode molecules (i.e., Ascaris suum PAS-1, cystatins, Dirofilaria immitis-derived antigen (DiAg), galectin-9 homologue of Toxascaris leonina (Tl-GAL), ES-62) that exert immunomodulatory properties in animal studies and their probable mechanisms of action.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParasitic Nematodes
Subtitle of host publicationMolecular Biology, Biochemistry and Immunology
EditorsM. W. Kennedy, W. Harnett
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • allergies
  • animal parasitic nematodes
  • autoimmune diseases
  • disease models
  • excretory–secretory products
  • experimental infections
  • helminthoses
  • helminths
  • human disease
  • immune response
  • immunomodulatory properties
  • infections
  • laboratory animals
  • nematode infections
  • parasites
  • parisitoses


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