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Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2006 Jul;56(Pt 7):1673-5.

Rickettsia tamurae sp. nov., isolated from Amblyomma testudinarium ticks.

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Unité des rickettsies, IFR 48, CNRS UMR 6020, Faculté de médecine, Université de la Méditerranée, 27 Boulevard Jean Moulin, 13385 Marseille cedex 05, France.


Rickettsia sp. strain AT-1(T) was isolated from Amblyomma testudinarium ticks in Japan in 1993. Comparative analysis of sequences obtained from 16S rRNA, gltA, ompA, ompB and sca4 gene fragments demonstrated those from AT-1(T) to be markedly different from those of other members of the spotted fever group. Using mouse serotyping, it was also observed that Rickettsia sp. strain AT-1(T) was different from other Rickettsia species with validly published names. Such genotypic and phenotypic characteristics warrant its classification as a representative of a novel species, for which the name Rickettsia tamurae sp. nov. is proposed, with the type strain AT-1(T) (=CSUR R1(T)).

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