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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 99, No. 2, 2004, pp. 185-188
Bioline Code: oc04033
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 99, No. 2, 2004, pp. 185-188

 en Detection of Toxoplasma gondii check for this species in other resources DNA by Polymerase Chain Reaction in Experimentally Desiccated Tissues
Márcia Andreia Barge Loução Terra; Alexandre Ribeiro Bello; Otilio Machado Bastos; Maria Regina Reis Amendoeira; Janice Mary Chicarino de Oliveira Coelho; Luiz Fernando Ferreira & Adauto Araújo


Despite toxoplasmosis being a common infection among human and other warm-blooded animals worldwide, there are no findings about Toxoplasma gondii check for this species in other resources evolutionary forms in ancient populations. The molecular techniques used for amplification of genetic material have allowed recovery of ancient DNA (aDNA) from parasites contained in mummified tissues. The application of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to paleoparasitological toxoplasmosis research becomes a promising option, since it might allow diagnosis, acquisition of paleoepidemiological data, access to toxoplasmosis information related origin, evolution, and distribution among the ancient populations. Furthermore, it makes possible the analysis of parasite aDNA aiming at phylogenetic studies. To standardize and evaluate PCR applicability to toxoplasmosis paleodiagnostic, an experimental mummification protocol was tested using desiccated tissues from mice infected with the ME49 strain cysts, the chronic infection group (CIG), or infected with tachyzoites (RH strain), the acute infection group (AIG). Tissues were subjected to DNA extraction followed by PCR amplification of T. gondii B1 gene. PCR recovered T. gondii DNA in thigh muscle, encephalon, heart, and lung samples. AIG presented PCR positivity in encephalon, lungs, hearts, and livers. Based on this results, we propose this molecular approach for toxoplasmosis research in past populations.

paleoparasitology - toxoplasmosis - ancient DNA - mummies - parasitism - Toxoplasma gondii

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