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.