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Characterization of Borrelia garinii isolated from Lyme disease patients in Hokkaido, Japan, by sequence analysis of OspA and OspB genes.

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Abstract

The outer surface proteins OspA and OspB genes of clinical Borrelia garinii isolates (JEM1-8) from Hokkaido, Japan were sequenced. One strain, JEM4, has a single ospA gene which is similar to European B. garinii strains PBr (sequence homology value: 94.1%) and T25 (91.2%). Five of the other seven strains exhibit a homologous C-terminus (300 bp) on both ospA and ospB genes (88.7-97.3%). The other two strains seem to be derived from the five strains by ospA or ospB alterations. In a phylogenetic analysis based on ospA, these strains could be classified into B. garinii, but formed independent branches and separated from the typical B. garinii isolates from Europe and Russia.

FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1997 Sep 15;154(2):371-5. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t

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