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Trends Parasitol. 2010 Oct;26(10):466-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2010.06.013. Epub 2010 Jul 6.

Is it time to revise the nomenclature of Leishmania?

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Institut für Mikrobiologie und Hygiene, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. gabriele.schoenian@charite.de

Abstract

Leishmania is notable for a large number of described species. Molecular phylogenies of Leishmania have increasingly suggested that the number of species could be too large. A recent phylogenetic analysis of the heat-shock protein 70 gene (hsp70) by Fraga and colleagues supports the existence of only eight medically relevant species compared to 17 species as defined by multilocus enzyme electrophoresis. Whether a revised classification system should be introduced for Leishmania is discussed.

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PMID:
20609626
DOI:
10.1016/j.pt.2010.06.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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