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Abstract

The family of leptospiral immunoglobulin-like () genes comprises , and . This study used PCR to demonstrate the presence of genes among serovars from a collection of leptospiral strains and clinical isolates. Whilst and appeared to be present in a limited number of pathogenic serovars, the gene was distributed ubiquitously among all pathogenic strains. None of the genes were detected among intermediate or saprophytic species. It was also shown that, similar to the previously characterized gene, a short specific PCR fragment of could be used to correctly identify pathogenic species. These findings demonstrate that is widely present among pathogenic strains and may be useful for their reliable identification and classification.

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