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J Helminthol. 1992 Dec;66(4):261-6.

Comparison of restriction fragment length polymorphisms of ribosomal DNA between Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense and D. latum.

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Department of Parasitology, Shinshu University School of Medicine, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.


Restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) of ribosomal DNA (rDNA) were compared between Diphyllobothrium latum and D. nihonkaiense using seven kinds of restriction endonucleases. No intra-specific variation in restriction fragment profiles was shown within both species of Diphyllobothrium. Digestion of the genomic DNA with three endonucleases. SmaI, HinfI and HhaI, provided one or two different bands between two species, although the hybridization patterns generated with the others. HindIII, XbaI, StyI and HaeIII, were the same in both. RFLPs in the digested profiles with SmaI, HinfI and HhaI could be used as species-specific markers even if only fragments of strobilae with morphological similarity were available. Other cestodes, Spirometra erinacei and Taenia saginata, used as controls showed quite different restriction fragment patterns with all the enzymes used.

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