The recently established species was examined for possible genetic and antigenic relatedness to the morphologically similar species and . The results of electrophoretic analysis of cell proteins, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) cleavage by restriction endonucleases, Southern blot analysis of digested mycoplasmal DNA with ribosomal ribonucleic acid genes and with total genomic DNA as probes, and Western immunoblot analysis rule out any significant degree of genetic relatedness between and the other two mycoplasmas, in contrast to the marked antigenic relatedness of to . The value of the above molecular tools in resolving taxonomic problems at the species level is demonstrated.


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