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J Bacteriol Virol. 2009 Dec;39(4):257-267. English. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.4167/jbv.2009.39.4.257
Oh JY , Moon BC , Bae BK , Shin EH , Ko YH , Kim YJ , Park YH , Chae JS .
Department of Internal Medicine, Research Institute for Veterinary Science and College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. jschae@snu.ac.kr
Department of Microbiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
Institute of Environmental Resource Research of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Jeju, Korea.
Department of Medical Entomology, Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Food Biotechnology, Cheju National University, Jeju, Korea.
Abstract

A total of 1,395 Haemaphysalis longicornis ticks collected from Jeju Island of Korea were examined by 16S rRNA gene-based nested PCR for the presence of infection with Anaplasma and Ehrlichia species. Template DNAs to detect the tick-borne pathogens were prepared from a total 506 tick pools. Eight genera of Anaplasma and six Ehrlichia by 16S rRNA gene PCR and sequencing analysis were identified. A. phagocytophilum was the most prevalent (27 [1.9%]) by nested PCR, followed by A. bovis (5 [0.4%]), E. chaffeensis (4 [0.2%]), and A. centrale (1 [0.1%]). In the phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA sequences, eight genera of Anaplasma group (> 99.4% homology) and six Ehrlichia group (> 99.5% homology) were close to deposited A. marginale strains (AF309867, AF414874, and FJ226454) and Ehrlichia sp. (DQ324547), respectively. Three Anaplasma species groups A. phagocytophilum (group A), A. bovis (group B), and A. centrale (group C) and one Ehrlichia species E. chaffeensis (group D) were determined by comparing with Anaplasma and Ehrlichia related sequences. First, twenty-eight A. phagocytophilum clones belonging to group A were divided into 7 genotypes. The sequence similarity among genotypes A1 to A4 was very high (> 99.6%). Genotype B2 was close to A. bovis from Korea (99.7%). Genotype D1 was close to known E. chaffeensis strains (M73222, AF147752, and AY350424) and their similarity value was 99.7%. In conclusion, the genera of Anaplasma/Ehrlichia, A. phagocytophilum, and E. chaffeensis identified in predominant H. longicornis ticks were ubiquitous throughout the Jeju Island. The various native groups have been found through sequence identities and phylogenetic analysis.

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