Does a species of Rickettsia play a role in the pathophysiology of Buerger's disease?

@article{Fazeli2012DoesAS,
  title={Does a species of Rickettsia play a role in the pathophysiology of Buerger's disease?},
  author={Bahare Fazeli and Hassan Ravari and Mahdi Farzadnia},
  journal={Vascular},
  year={2012},
  volume={20},
  pages={334 - 336}
}
Rickettsia is an intracellular pathogen that attaches to vascular endothelial cell membranes and its genome integrates into the DNA of the host and thereby inhibits apoptosis of the endothelial cells. Rickettsia can infect the body following a flea/louse bite. Rickettsia was suggested as one etiology of Buerger's disease long ago. We report a patient with Buerger's disease for whom a left below-knee amputation was done. Twenty-five biopsies for DNA extraction were obtained from the arteries… 

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