Contents 1 Morphology 2 Defense mechanism 3 Gallery 4 See also 5 References

Morphology[edit] Adult: cylindrical shape, creamy white or pinkish in color Male: average 15–30 cm and is more slender than female Female: average 20–35 cm in length The body is long, cylindrical, fusiform (pointed at both the ends), body wall is composed of cuticle, epidermis and musculature. Presence of a false body pseudocoelom not lined by epithelium. Digestive system is complete. Respiration by simple diffusion. Nervous system consists of a nerve ring and many longitudinal nerve cords. Only sexual reproduction. Sexes are separate with sexual dimorphism. Males are usually shorter than females.[citation needed]

Defense mechanism[edit] As part of the parasite defense strategy, Ascaris roundworms secrete a series of inhibitors to target digestive and immune-related host proteases, which include pepsin, trypsin, chymotrypsin/elastase, cathepsins, and metallocarboxypeptidases (MCPs). Ascaris species inhibit MCPs by releasing an enzyme known as Ascaris carboxypeptidase inhibitor (ACI). This enzyme binds to the active site of MCP and blocks the cleavage of its own proteins by the host MCP.[6]

Gallery[edit] Esophagus of an Ascaris worm Ascaris cross section 40× Ascaris cross section 40× Ascaris cross section 400×

See also[edit] List of parasites (human)

References[edit] ^ Carter, Burton J. Bogitsh, Clint E. (2013). Human parasitology, Chapter 16: Intestinal nematodes (4th ed.). Amsterdam: Academic Press. p. 291. ISBN 978-0-12-415915-0. Retrieved 19 November 2015.  ^ "Parasites:Ascarids". eXtension. September 27, 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2014.  ^ "Parasites-Ascariasis". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 30 May 2013.  ^ Hall, A., G. Hewitt, V. Tuffrey and N. de Silva (2008). A review and meta-analysis of the impact of intestinal worms on child growth and nutrition. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 4 (Suppl 1): 118-236 ^ Jardim-Botelho, A; Raff, S; Rodrigues Rde, A; Hoffman, HJ; Diemert, DJ; Corrêa-Oliveira, R; Bethony, JM; Gazzinelli, MF. "Hookworm, Ascaris lumbricoides infection and polyparasitism associated with poor cognitive performance in Brazilian schoolchildren". tropical medicine and international health. 13: 994–1004. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3156.2008.02103.x. PMID 18627581.  ^ Sanglas, Laura; Aviles, Francesc X.; Huber, Robert; Gomis-Ruth, F. Xavior; Arolas, Joan L. 2008. Mammalian metallopeptidase inhibition at the defense barrier of Ascaris parasite. University of Barcelona, Spain. Retrieved from "" Categories: AscarididaParasites of equinesHidden categories: Articles with 'species' microformatsAll articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from November 2015

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