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Distinct combinations of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato genospecies found in individual questing ticks from Europe.

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Abstract

The genetic diversity of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato was assessed in individual adult Ixodes ricinus ticks from Europe by direct PCR amplification of spirochetal DNA followed by genospecies-specific hybridization. Analysis of mixed infections in the ticks showed that B. garinii and B. valaisiana segregate from B. afzelii. This and previous findings suggest that host complement interacts with spirochetes in the tick, thereby playing an important role in the ecology of
Lyme borreliosis.

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2001 Oct;67(10):4926-9. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t

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