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Title: Widespread infection with hemotropic mycoplasmas in bats in Spain, including a hemoplasma closely related to 'Candidatus Mycolasma hemohominis'
Author: Millán, Javier
López-Roig, Marc
Delicado, Verónica
Serra Cobo, Jordi
Esperón, Fernando
Keywords: Bacteris patògens
Pathogenic bacteria
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Abstract: Molecular analyses of blood samples revealed infection with hemoplasmas in 97% of 31 cave bats captured in three caves in North-Eastern Spain. The characterization of 1250 bp of the 16S rRNA gene in 29 of the positive bats identified two different groups of sequences. Twenty-two Schreibers' bats (Miniopterus schreibersii) and one long-eared bat (Myotis capaccinii) shared one group, composed of seven closely related sequences. These sequences showed an identity of about 97% with "Candidatus Mycoplasma hemohominis" and the phylogenetic branch including bat and human sequences showed a 100% bootstrap value, supporting a close phylogenetic relationship between these hemoplasmas. The second group, representing a potentially novel species, was composed of a single sequence shared by six Schreibers' bats that had 91% identity with the recently reported hemoplasma from little brown bats in North America. Large bat aggregations in roosting caves probably benefits intra and inter-species transmission explaining the high observed prevalence.
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It is part of: Comparative Immunology Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 2015, vol. 39, p. 9-12
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ISSN: 0147-9571
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