Volume 80, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


-like spirochetes were detected for the first time in ticks collected in Taiwan. The genetic identities of these detected spirochetes were determined by analyzing the gene sequences amplified by a genospecies-specific polymerase chain reaction assay based on the outer surface protein A (OspA) gene of sensu lato. Phylogenetic analysis reveals that the sequence similarity of these spirochetes, ranging from 90.5% to 98.7% is highly homogeneous within the sensu stricto genospecies and clearly distinguishable from other genospecies. These results provide the first evidence of spirochetes detected in ticks and confirm their genetic relationship to sensu stricto.


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  • Received : 28 Aug 2008
  • Accepted : 02 Dec 2008

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