Article: article from journal or magazin.
Genetic structure of the genus Leptospira by multilocus enzyme electrophoresis
International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology
Thirty strains from the 11 species of the genus Leptospira were studied by multilocus enzyme electrophoresis at 12 enzyme loci, all of which were polymorphic. The mean number of alleles per locus was 6.5. Twenty-five electrophoretic types were distinguished. Grouping of the strains by cluster analysis was in general agreement with species delineation as determined by DNA-DNA hybridization, except for the strains of Leptospira meyeri and Leptospira inadai, which were scattered throughout the genus, reflecting previously recognized taxonomic uncertainties. Analysis of the clonality within Leptospira interrogans sensu stricto indicated that this population was relatively heterogeneous and a lack of gene linkage disequilibrium could not be excluded. There was a genetic discrimination between the pathogenic species and the saprophytic ones. The phenotypically intermediate species (L. inadai and Leptospira fainei) were also genetically separated and were probably closer to the saprophytes than to the pathogens.
Leptospira, multilocus enzyme electrophoresis, genetics, phylogeny, taxonomy
Web of science
Last modification date