Diversity of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato in Russian Far East.

  title={Diversity of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato in Russian Far East.},
  author={Oleg Mediannikov and Leonid Ivanov and Nina I Zdanovskaya and Rimma Vorobyova and Yuri Sidelnikov and P C Fournier and Irina V Tarasevich and Didier Raoult},
  journal={Microbiology and immunology},
  volume={49 3},
Thirty strains of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato have been isolated from Ixodes persulcatus ticks and from skin lesions of Lyme disease patients in the Russian Far East from 1997 to 2003. We amplified full-length outer surface protein A (ospA) gene of all strains. BLAST search and following phylogenetic analysis showed that strains form four well-defined groups. Four strains belong to Borrelia afzelii species. Other strains distributed into tree major groups, identified as Borrelia garinii… CONTINUE READING

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