Molecular and phylogenetic characterisation of Cryptosporidium from birds

Una M. Morgan, Paul T. Monis, Lihua Xiao, Josef Limor, Irshad Sulaiman, Shane Raidal, Peter O'donoghue, Robin Gasser, Allan Murray, Ronald Fayer, Byron L. Blagburn, Altaf A. Lal, R. C.Andrew Thompson

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Avian isolates of Cryptosporidium species from different geographic locations were sequenced at two loci, the 18S rRNA gene and the heat shock gene (HSP-70). Phylogenetic analysis of the sequence data provided support for the existence of a new avian species of Cryptosporidium infecting finches and a second species infecting a black duck. The identity of Cryptosporidium baileyi and Cryptosporidium meleagridis as valid species was confirmed. Also, C. baileyi was identified in a number of isolates from the brown quail extending the host range of this species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-296
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal for Parasitology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2001


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