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J Protozool. 1990 Jul-Aug;37(4):301-10.

Naegleria lovaniensis tarasca new subspecies, and the purepecha strain, a morphological variant of N. l. lovaniensis, isolated from natural thermal waters in Mexico.

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Project of Conservation and Improvement of Environment (P. CYMA) UNAM, Los Reyes Iztacala, Tlalnepantla Edo de México.


Amoebae were isolated from a natural thermal water source in Michoacán, Mexico, in September 1986. Two 500-ml samples were taken from pools with water at 45 degrees C and 46 degrees C and concentrated at 2,000 g for 15 min. The sediment was seeded on nonnutritive agar plates and incubated at 42 degrees C. The isolates were axenized in bactocasitone-serum medium. The identification of the isolates was based on their morphology, total protein and isoenzyme patterns by agarose isoelectric focusing, serology, fine structure, agglutination with Concanavalin A, sensitivity to trimethoprim, capacity to kill mice, and their cytopathic effect in Vero cells. The results showed several morphophysiological, biochemical and serological differences between the isolates and the type strain Aq/9/1/45D of Naegleria lovaniensis. These remarkable differences provide sufficient evidence to consider one of the isolates a new subspecies, and the other one a morphological variant of N. l. lovaniensis, which can be differentiated from other Naegleriae by their morphology, biochemistry, serology and physiology. The authors propose the name tarasca for the subspecies and purepecha for the morphological variant.

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