Kužela seminar series

Fri 19 Nov. 2010, 13:00

Title: Schistosoma japonicum genome project - gap between genomics and biology
Speaker: Yan Zhou, Fudan University, Shanghai

Schistosoma japonicum is a parasitic flatworm that causes human
schistosomiasis, which is a significant cause of morbidity in
China and the Philippines.  A draft genome of the worm provides a
global insight into the molecular architecture and host
interaction of this complex metazoan pathogen, revealing that it
can exploit host nutrients, neuroendocrine hormones and signaling
pathways for growth, d evelopment and maturation. Notably, the 
S.japonicum genome encodes the growth factors, receptors and
essential components to regulate many cellular processes during
organogenesis and tissue development.