- International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
- Volume 42, Issue 2
f NOTES: Ehrlichia ewingii sp. nov., the Etiologic Agent of Canine Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis
- Authors: Burt E. Anderson*, Craig E. Greene, Dana C. Jones, Jacqueline E. Dawson
- *Corresponding author.
- Int J Syst Evol Microbiol, April 1992 42: 299-302, doi: 10.1099/00207713-42-2-299
- Subject: Original Papers Relating To Systematic Bacteriology
- Published Online:
The 16S rRNA gene was amplified, cloned, and sequenced from the blood of two dogs that were experimentally infected with the etiologic agent of canine granulocytic ehrlichiosis. The 16S rRNA sequence was found to be unique when it was compared with the sequences of other members of the genus Ehrlichia. The most closely related species were Ehrlichia canis (98.0% related) and the human ehrlichiosis agent (Ehrlichia chaffeensis) (98.1% related); all other species in the genus were found to be phylogenetically much more distant. Our results, coupled with previous serologic data, provide conclusive evidence that the canine granulocytic ehrlichiosis agent is a new species of the genus Ehrlichia that is related to, but is distinct from, E. canis and all other members of the genus. We propose the name Ehrlichia ewingii sp. nov.; the Stillwater strain is the type strain.
Copyright © 1992 International Union of Microbiological Societies | Published by the Microbiology Society
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