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Salivary gland transcriptome of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus

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dc.contributor.advisor Mans, B.J. Genu, Siyamcela 2018-10-26T09:56:31Z 2018-10-26T09:56:31Z 2018-11
dc.identifier.citation Genu, Siyamcela (2018) Salivary gland transcriptome of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <>
dc.description.abstract The cattle tick, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus is a tick of veterinary and health importance globally, transmitting Babesia bovis and B. bigemina. Tick control is important and needed to prevent livestock diseases caused by tick-transmitted pathogens. Traditionally, tick control methods have resulted in development of acaricide-resistant ticks, environmental pollution and meat and milk contamination. Therefore, there is a need for alternative method and vaccines directed against tick feeding. The aim of this study was to identify proteins involved in tick feeding, tickhost-pathogen interactions and tick reproduction. Consequently, these will help in identification of antigens with the ultimate goal of developing anti-tick vaccines. R. (B.) microplus female ticks were collected at five different feeding stages. RNA was isolated from the salivary gland extracts (SGEs). The cDNA libraries were synthesized and sequenced with the Illumina MiSeq technology. Transcriptome data was analyzed with CLC Genomics Workbench, Trinity and Minia. The SGEs were also used to isolate the fractions: membrane, soluble and pellet protein for proteomic analysis. The proteomics data was analysed with Mascot, X!Tandem and Scaffold. Both the transcriptome and proteome analysis revealed the presence of major secretory protein families such as Kunitz, lipocalins, serpins, cement proteins and metalloproteases, while the majority of transcripts coded for housekeeping genes. en
dc.description.sponsorship National Research Foundation (South Africa) en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiv, 139 leaves) : color illustrations, graphs en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject.ddc 636.0894433
dc.subject.lcsh Cattle tick -- Control en
dc.subject.lcsh Ticks as carriers of disease en
dc.subject.lcsh Cattle -- Parasites en
dc.subject.lcsh Tick-borne diseases in animals en
dc.title Salivary gland transcriptome of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Life and Consumer Science en M. Sc. (Life Science) en

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