John Robert Barta

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Direct, reverse transcriptase-mediated, partial sequencing of the small-subunit (16S-like) ribosomal RNA (srRNA) of Eimeria tenella and E. acervulina was performed. Sequences were aligned by eye with six previously published, partial or complete srRNA sequences of apicomplexan protists (Plasmodium berghei, Theileria annulata, Cryptosporidium sp., Toxoplasma(More)
Clinical and subclinical coccidiosis is cosmopolitan and inflicts significant losses to the poultry industry globally. Seven named Eimeria species are responsible for coccidiosis in turkeys: Eimeria dispersa; Eimeria meleagrimitis; Eimeria gallopavonis; Eimeria meleagridis; Eimeria adenoeides; Eimeria innocua; and, Eimeria subrotunda. Although attempts have(More)
Coccidia possess three distinct genomes: nuclear, mitochondrial, and plastid. Sequences from five genes located on these three genomes were used to reconstruct the phylogenetic relationships of members of the phylum Apicomplexa: 18S rDNA sequences from the nuclear (nu) genome, partial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I sequences from the mitochondrial (mt)(More)
For the purpose of re-describing the Eimeria species that infect the turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) and to establish benchmark biological information linked to genetic markers for each species, a strain of Eimeria meleagrimitis Tyzzer 1929 was obtained from a litter sample from a turkey farm in Minnesota, USA in 2008. Multiple pure lines were derived by(More)
Isospora greineri sp. n. and Isospora superbusi sp. n. are described from captive superb glossy starlings, Lamprotornis superbus, from the Toronto Zoo succumbing to visceral coccidiosis. Sequence data from nuclear 18S recombinant DNA (rDNA) and mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) loci from sporulated oocysts and infected tissues (liver, lung,(More)
Whether stated explicitly or not, all molecular studies that seek to infer "homologies" among sequences or that attempt to determine the "relatedness" of taxa based on sequence comparisons are evolutionary studies. The generation of a reliable evolutionary hypothesis based on molecular sequences is dependent almost exclusively on the ability to align(More)
The Guelph strain of Eimeria adenoeides was obtained from a commercial turkey flock in Ontario, Canada, in 1985. Single oocyst derived lines of E. adenoeides were propagated, and one of them used to re-describe biological and morphological features of E. adenoeides in the turkey. Oocysts of this strain are within the lower size ranges in the original(More)
Four complete mitochondrial (mt) sequences from a single-oocyst-derived line of Eimeria mitis USDA 50 were obtained (three from cloned whole-genome PCR products, one from directly sequenced whole-genome PCR product). The mt genome is 6,408 bp long with three genes (CytB, cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) and cytochrome c oxidase subunit III (COIII)) and(More)
Turkey coronavirus (TCoV) causes diarrhea in young turkey poults, but little is known about its prevalence in the field. To address this, the complete nucleocapsid gene was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. Expressed nucleocapsid gene produced two distinct proteins (52 and 43 kDa); their specificity was confirmed by Western blotting using two(More)