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Trypanosoma cruzi:Study of the Distribution of Two Widespread Clonal Genotypes in BolivianTriatoma infestansVectors Shows a High Frequency of Mixed Infections

Authors
Journal
Experimental Parasitology
0014-4894
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
83
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1006/expr.1996.0075
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract B osseno, M.-F., T elleria, J., V argas, F., Y aksic, N., N oireau, F., M orin, A., and B renière, S. F. 1996. Trypanosoma cruzi:study of the distribution of two widespread clonal genotypes in Bolivian Triatoma infestansvectors shows a high frequency of mixed infections. Experimental Parasitology83, 275–282. The detection of two widespread Trypanosoma cruziclonal genotypes (20 and 39) in feces of Bolivian specimens of the vector Triatoma infestanswas performed by a combination of polymerase chain reaction and clone-specific DNA hybridization. The hybridization pattern of 186 PCR positive samples of T. infestansfeces collected in two Bolivian departments identified clone 20 in 74.2% and clone 39 in 63.4% of the triatomine bugs. For the first time, a high percentage (mean: 43.2 ± 26%) of mixed infections (presence of both clones in a given fecal sample) in various localities was recorded. Results were in agreement with the two assumptions of independent transmission of clones 20 and 39 and of the absence of selection in the natural cycles under survey. Statistical analysis of the geographical distribution of clones 20 and 39 favored the hypotheses that the frequencies of T. cruzinatural clones are different among localities and that these differences are not proportional to the distances that separate the localities. The epidemiological significance of these results is discussed.

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