A new Borrelia species defined by multilocus sequence analysis of housekeeping genes

Gabriele Margos, S A Vollmer, M Cornet, M Garnier, V Fingerle, B Wilske, A Bormane, L Vitorino, M Collares-Pereira, M Drancourt, K Kurtenbach

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Abstract

Analysis of Lyme borreliosis (LB) spirochetes, using a novel multilocus sequence analysis scheme, revealed that OspA serotype 4 strains (a rodent-associated ecotype) of Borrelia garinii were sufficiently genetically distinct from bird-associated B. garinii strains to deserve species status. We suggest that OspA serotype 4 strains be raised to species status and named Borrelia bavariensis sp. nov. The rooted phylogenetic trees provide novel insights into the evolutionary history of LB spirochetes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5410-5416
Number of pages7
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume75
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009

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    Margos, G., Vollmer, S. A., Cornet, M., Garnier, M., Fingerle, V., Wilske, B., Bormane, A., Vitorino, L., Collares-Pereira, M., Drancourt, M., & Kurtenbach, K. (2009). A new Borrelia species defined by multilocus sequence analysis of housekeeping genes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75(16), 5410-5416. https://doi.org/10.1128/​AEM.00116-09