Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in thoroughbred foals: identification of a genetically distinct organism by DNA amplification.

Genetically distinct forms of Pneumocystis carinii infect several mammalian hosts. We report the amplification of P. carinii DNA from samples of two infected thoroughbred foal lungs by using primers designed from the sequence of a P. carinii mitochondrial rRNA gene; these primers also prime the amplification of P. carinii DNA from other hosts. The… CONTINUE READING