Author(s): Khler P
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Abstract It has been commonly accepted that most adult filarial parasites use the glycolytic breakdown of carbohydrates to lactate as a preferred route to supply their energy requirements. Their ability to catabolize glucose by oxygen-dependent pathways is rather limited. An exception to this is the rodent filarial species Litomosoides carinii, which requires a unique type of aerobic glucose metabolism to maintain motor activity and survival. However, the prominent role of carbohydrates as energy substrates for filariids may no longer be tenable. Recent studies have shown that glutamine is a major energy source in filarial worms and that a fully oxidative mitochondrial metabolism can be employed for the utilization of this substrate.
This article was published in Parasitol Today
and referenced in Biochemistry & Analytical Biochemistry