Genetic relationship between Treponema pallidum and Treponema pertenue, two noncultivable human pathogens.

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Genetic relationship between Treponema pallidum and Treponema pertenue, two noncultivable human pathogens.

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Abstract

Genetic relationships among two strains of Treponema pallidum (Nichols and KKJ) and a strain of T. pertenue were determined by measuring the degree of deoxyribonucleic acid sequence homology. The results in indicated that these three virulent, noncultivable treponemes were genetically indistinguishable. Like T. pallidum (Nichols), T. pertenue (Gauthier) had no detectable deoxyribonucleic acid sequence homology with T. phagedenis (biotype Reiter), T. refringens (biotype Noguchi), or with salmon sperm.

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