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Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

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Abstract

AGUIAR, Daniel M.; HAGIWARA, Mitika K.  and  LABRUNA, Marcelo B.. In vitro isolation and molecular characterization of an Ehrlichia canis strain from São Paulo, Brazil. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2008, vol.39, n.3, pp. 489-493. ISSN 1517-8382.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-83822008000300014.

An Ehrlichia canis isolate was obtained from an naturally infected dog exhibiting clinical signs of ehrlichiosis in São Paulo Municipality, state of São Paulo, Brazil. The isolate was characterized by PCR and DNA sequencing of portions of the ehrlichial genes dsb, 16SrRNA, and p28. Partial dsb and 16S rRNA sequences were identical to three and five other E. canis strains, respectively, from different countries and continents (including North America, Africa, Asia and Europe). Conversely, the p28 partial sequence for this E. canis (São Paulo) differed by 1, 2, and 2 nucleotides from the corresponding sequences of the E. canis strains Jake (from USA), Oklahoma (USA), and VHE (Venezuela), respectively. The results in this study indicate that E. canis is the only recognized Ehrlichia species infecting dogs in Brazil.

Keywords : Ehrlichia canis; Dog; Molecular Characterization; Ehrlichiosis.

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