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Abstract

Twenty-nine isolates of Lyme borreliosis (LB) group spirochaetes collected from ticks and rodents in China and Japan were included in a multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA). Using a different typing system, three of these strains had previously been identified as being divergent from other LB spirochaete species and the name ‘’ sp. nov. was proposed. The data presented here confirm that the genetic distance, calculated using sequences of MLSA housekeeping genes, to other known LB group spirochaete species was < 95 % and to was 96.67 % (which represents the most closely related species within the group of LB spirochaetes). This and the fact that these strains are ecologically distinct from (rodent-transmitted vs bird-transmitted) provide strong support for the validation of the proposed species status. We suggest the name sp. nov. The type strain is Okinawa-CW62 ( = DSM 24625 = JCM 17189).

Funding
This study was supported by the:
  • National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (Award 30725032)
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