Detection of an undescribed Rickettsia sp. in Ixodes boliviensis from Costa Rica

Ixodes boliviensis is a tick of carnivores that is common on domestic dogs. The only Rickettsia that has been detected previously in this species is 'Candidatus Rickettsia andeanae'. We report the detection of an undescribed Rickettsia sp., named strain IbR/CRC, in I. boliviensis collected...

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Main Authors: Troyo Rodríguez, Adriana, Moreira Soto, Andrés, Carranza, Marco V., Calderón Arguedas, Ólger, Hun Opfer, Ruchilia Laya, Taylor Castillo, Mayra Lizeth
Format: Artículo
Language: Inglés
Published: 2018
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Online Access: http://hdl.handle.net/10669/75110
Summary: Ixodes boliviensis is a tick of carnivores that is common on domestic dogs. The only Rickettsia that has been detected previously in this species is 'Candidatus Rickettsia andeanae'. We report the detection of an undescribed Rickettsia sp., named strain IbR/CRC, in I. boliviensis collected from dogs in Costa Rica. Analyses of gltA, ompA, and htrA partial sequences place Rickettsia sp. strain IbR/CRC in the group of R. monacensis, also close to an endosymbiont of Ixodes scapularis and other undescribed rickettsiae. It was not possible to isolate Rickettsia sp. strain IbR/CRC in Vero E6 or C6/36 cell lines. Isolation and further characterization of Rickettsia sp. strain IbR/CRC and the other undescribed rickettsiae are required to determine their taxonomic status and pathogenic potential.