Brazilian Journal of Microbiology
Print version ISSN 1517-8382
HUANG, Haibin et al. Prevalence and molecular analysis of Anaplasma platys in dogs in Lara, Venezuela. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2005, vol.36, n.3, pp. 211-216. ISSN 1517-8382. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-83822005000300002.
Blood specimens from clinically normal military dogs and their trainers, in Lara, Venezuela were screened for Anaplasma platys, A. phagocytophilum, or Ehrlichia ewingii using 16S rRNA PCR tests. Sixteen percent (7/43) of dog specimens were positive by A. platys PCR test followed by sequencing of the PCR products, and all human blood specimens  were negative. All specimens from these dogs and humans were PCR negative for E. ewingii or A. phagocytophilum. Twelve Rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks removed from these dogs were negative for A. platys by reverse transcription PCR test. Almost the entire 16S rRNA gene (1,364 bp) and groESL operon (1,646 bp) sequences of A. platys isolated from a dog were determined, revealing that both sequences were closely related to the sequences of an A. platys strain detected in R. sanguineus ticks from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Keywords : 16S rRNA; groESL operon; Anaplasma platys; dogs; Venezuela.