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Research Article

A Granulin-Like Growth Factor Secreted by the Carcinogenic Liver Fluke, Opisthorchis viverrini, Promotes Proliferation of Host Cells

  • Michael J. Smout,

    Affiliation: Division of Infectious Diseases, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Queensland, Australia, and School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia

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  • Thewarach Laha,

    Affiliation: Department of Parasitology, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

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  • Jason Mulvenna,

    Affiliation: Division of Infectious Diseases, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Queensland, Australia, and School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia

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  • Banchob Sripa,

    Affiliation: Department of Pathology, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

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  • Sutas Suttiprapa,

    Affiliation: Department of Pathology, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

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  • Alun Jones,

    Affiliation: Institute for Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia

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  • Paul J. Brindley,

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine, George Washington University, Washington, D. C., United States of America

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  • Alex Loukas mail

    Alex.Loukas@qimr.edu.au

    Affiliation: Division of Infectious Diseases, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Queensland, Australia, and School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia

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  • Published: October 09, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1000611

About the Authors

Michael J. Smout, Jason Mulvenna, Alex Loukas
Division of Infectious Diseases, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Queensland, Australia, and School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
Thewarach Laha
Department of Parasitology, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
Banchob Sripa, Sutas Suttiprapa
Department of Pathology, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
Alun Jones
Institute for Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
Paul J. Brindley
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine, George Washington University, Washington, D. C., United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: Alex.Loukas@qimr.edu.au

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MJS JM AL. Performed the experiments: MJS JM AJ. Analyzed the data: MJS AJ AL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: TL BS SS PJB AL. Wrote the paper: MJS AL.