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A new Borrelia species defined by multilocus sequence analysis of housekeeping genes.

Authors
  • Margos, Gabriele1
  • Vollmer, Stephanie A
  • Cornet, Muriel
  • Garnier, Martine
  • Fingerle, Volker
  • Wilske, Bettina
  • Bormane, Antra
  • Vitorino, Liliana
  • Collares-Pereira, Margarida
  • Drancourt, Michel
  • Kurtenbach, Klaus
Type
Published Article
Journal
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Publisher
American Society for Microbiology
Publication Date
Jul 31, 2009
Volume
75
Issue
16
Pages
5410–5416
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00116-09
PMID: 19542332
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Analysis of Lyme borreliosis (LB) spirochetes, using a novel multilocus sequence analysis scheme, revealed that OspA serotype 4 strains (a rodent-associated ecotype) of Borrelia garinii were sufficiently genetically distinct from bird-associated B. garinii strains to deserve species status. We suggest that OspA serotype 4 strains be raised to species status and named Borrelia bavariensis sp. nov. The rooted phylogenetic trees provide novel insights into the evolutionary history of LB spirochetes.

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