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Appl Environ Microbiol. 2008 Oct;74(19):6151-4. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00795-08. Epub 2008 Aug 8.

Characterization of the digestive-tract microbiota of Hirudo orientalis, a european medicinal leech.

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  • 1Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA.

Abstract

FDA-approved, postoperative use of leeches can lead to bacterial infections. In this study, we used culture-dependent and culture-independent approaches to characterize the digestive-tract microbiota of Hirudo orientalis. Surprisingly, two Aeromonas species, A. veronii and A. jandaei, were cultured. Uncultured Rikenella-like bacteria were most similar to isolates from Hirudo verbana.

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18689513
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PMC2565982
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10.1128/AEM.00795-08
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