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Ticks (Acari : ixodidae) infesting wild birds in an Atlantic forest area in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, with isolation of Rickettsia from the tick Amblyomma longirostre

Ogrzewalska, Maria; Pacheco, Richard C.; Uezu, Alexandre; Ferreira, Fernando; Labruna, Marcelo B. Universidade De São Paulo

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ENTOMOLOGY, v.45, n.4, p.770-774, 2008

ENTOMOLOGICAL SOC AMER 2008

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  • Título:
    Ticks (Acari : ixodidae) infesting wild birds in an Atlantic forest area in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, with isolation of Rickettsia from the tick Amblyomma longirostre
  • Autor: Ogrzewalska, Maria; Pacheco, Richard C.; Uezu, Alexandre; Ferreira, Fernando; Labruna, Marcelo B.
  • Universidade De São Paulo
  • Assuntos: Amblyomma Longirostre; Amblyomma Parkeri; Rickettsia Amblyommii; Birds; Atlantic Forest; Phylogenetic Analysis; Spotted-Fever; Identification; Tool; Entomology; Veterinary Sciences
  • É parte de: JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ENTOMOLOGY, v.45, n.4, p.770-774, 2008
  • Descrição: During field work in Nazare Paulista, state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, we found 13 (56.5%) of 23 birds (mostly Passeriformes) to be infested by 28 larvae and I nymph of Amblyomma spp. Two larvae were reared to the adult stage, being taxonomically identified as Amblyomma parkeri Fonseca and Aragao, whereas five larvae and one nymph were identified as Amblyomma longirostre Koch. All six A. longirostre specimens were shown to be infected by rickettsia, as demonstrated by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) targeting two rickettsial genes (gltA and ompA) or isolation of rickettsia in cell culture from one of the ticks. This isolate was designated as strain AL, which was established in Vero cell culture and was molecularly characterized by DNA sequencing fragments of the rickettsial genes gltA, htrA, ompA, and ompB. Phylogenetic analyses inferred from ompA and ompB partial sequences showed a high degree of similarity of strain AL with Rickettsia sp. strain ARANHA, previously detected by PCR in A. longirostre ticks from Rondonia, northern Brazil. We conclude that strain AL is a new rickettsia genotype belonging to the same species of strain ARANHA, which are closely related to Candidatus `R. amblyomniii`. Further studies should elucidate if strains AL and ARANHA are different strains of Candidatus `R. amblyommii` or are a new species.
  • DOI: 10.1603/0022-2585(2008)45[770:TAIIWB]2.0.CO;2
  • Títulos relacionados: Journal of Medical Entomology
  • Editor: ENTOMOLOGICAL SOC AMER
  • Data de publicação: 2008
  • Idioma: Inglês

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