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Title: Molecular Phylogeny of Wolbachia Endosymbionts in Southeast Asian Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) Based on wsp Gene Sequences
Authors: Toon Ruang-areerate
Pattamaporn Kittayapong
Visut Baimai
Scott L. O'Neill
Mahidol University
University of Queensland
Keywords: Agricultural and Biological Sciences;Immunology and Microbiology;Veterinary
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2003
Citation: Journal of Medical Entomology. Vol.40, No.1 (2003), 1-5
Abstract: Wolbachia are maternally inherited intracellular bacteria that infect a wide range of arthropods and nematodes and are associated with various reproductive abnormalities in their hosts. Insect-associated Wolbachia form a monophyletic clade in the α-Proteobacteria and recently have been separated into two supergroups (A and B) and 19 groups. Our recent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) survey using wsp specific primers indicated that various strains of Wolbachia were present in mosquitoes collected from Southeast Asia. Here, we report the phylogenetic relationship of the Wolbachia strains found in these mosquitoes using wsp gene sequences. Our phylogenetic analysis revealed eight new Wolbachia strains, five in the A supergroup and three in the B supergroup. Most of the Wolbachia strains present in Southeast Asian mosquitoes belong to the established Mors, Con, and Pip groups.
ISSN: 00222585
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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