Volume 75, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This study aims to typify the (sub)lineage(s) in umbilical cord blood of congenitally infected Bolivian newborns, using PCR amplifications of “Region Markers”, mini-exon or kDNA fragments followed by hybridization or sequencing. New probes were also designed to distinguish three variants within the TcIId sublineage. The IIb, IId, or IIe sublineages, as well as different variants of the IId sublineage, were detected in infected neonates, whereas mixed infections were not found. The frequencies of the IId sublineage were similar in neonates (95.1%) and adults of the same area (94.1%). The IId-infected newborns displayed either asymptomatic, or severe and fatal clinical forms of congenital Chagas disease, as well as low or high parasitemia. Altogether these data show that DNA polymorphism, based on the presently available markers, is not associated with the occurrence of congenital infection or the development of severe clinical forms of congenital Chagas disease.


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  • Received : 30 Mar 2006
  • Accepted : 26 May 2006

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