Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) have long been regarded as attractive vaccine (and drug) targets in schistosomes due to their suspected role in detoxification processes. Indeed, the 28-kDa GST of Schistosoma mansoni (SmGST28) has proven efficacy as an antigen for protective immunity reducing worm burden, female fecundity and egg viability. In contrast, the vaccinating effects of the bacterial expressed homologue of Philippine S. japonicum (SjpGST28) have proved disappointing, possibly because this recombinant form was an incomplete sequence, lacking five N-terminal amino acids which may have affected its vaccination efficacy. Here we describe the cloning and functional enzymatic expression of a complete cDNA encoding SjpGST28. We report also on the immunogenicity and vaccine efficacy of this molecule as a purified recombinant protein and as a DNA plasmid vaccine in the murine model. We further describe the cloning of several complete cDNAs encoding the Chinese homologue of SjpGST28 and the identification of 3 SjcGST28 sequence variants which are probably encoded by distinct alleles.