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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 107, No. 6, 2012, pp. 772-777
Bioline Code: oc12120
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 107, No. 6, 2012, pp. 772-777

 en Molecular characterisation of Bartonella check for this species in other resources species in cats from São Luís, state of Maranhão, north-eastern Brazil
Braga, Maria do Socorro Costa de Oliveira; Diniz, Pedro Paulo Vissotto de Paiva; André, Marcos Rogério; de Bortoli, Caroline Plácidi & Machado, Rosangela Zacarias

Abstract

Bartonella check for this species in other resources species are fastidious bacteria that predominantly infect mammalian erythrocytes and endothelial cells and cause long-lasting bacteraemia in their reservoir hosts. Reports that describe the epidemiology of bartonellosis in Brazil are limited. This study aimed to detect and characterise Bartonella spp DNA from cat blood samples in São Luís, Maranhão, north-eastern Brazil. Among 200 cats tested for multiple genes, nine (4.5%) were positive for Bartonella spp: six cats for Bartonella henselae check for this species in other resources and three for Bartonella clarridgeiae check for this species in other resources . Based on the phylogenetic analysis of four genes, the B. henselae strain matched strains previously observed in Brazil and was positioned in the same clade as B. henselae isolates from the United States of America. Moreover, sequence alignment demonstrated that the B. clarridgeiae strain detected in the present study was the same as the one recently detected in cats from southern Brazil.

Keywords
Bartonella henselae - Bartonella clarridgeiae - cats - north-eastern Brazil

 
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