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Korean J Parasitol. 2015 Dec;53(6):765-9. doi: 10.3347/kjp.2015.53.6.765. Epub 2015 Dec 31.

Detection of Anaplasma sp. in Korean Native Goats (Capra aegagrus hircus) on Jeju Island, Korea.

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College of Ecology and Environmental Science, Kyungpook National University, Sangju 37224, Korea.
Laboratory of Veterinary Internal Medicine, BK21 PLUS Program for Creative Veterinary Science Research, Research Institute for Veterinary Science and College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea.
College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 61186, Korea.
College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonbuk National University, Iksan 54596, Korea.
College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 34134, Korea.
Laboratory of Veterinary Clinics, National Institute of Animal Science Rural Development Administration, Jeonju 54875, Korea.


Anaplasma species are obligate intracellular pathogens that can cause tick-borne diseases in mammalian hosts. To date, very few studies of their occurrence in Korean native goats (Capra aegagrus hircus) have been reported. In the present study, we investigated Anaplasma infection of Korean native goats on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, and performed phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA gene sequences. Our results showed that Anaplasma infection was found mostly in adult female goats. The phylogenetic tree revealed that the 7 sequences identified in Korean native goats could belong to Anaplasma sp. and were distinct from A. marginale, A. centrale, and A. ovis. The results indicated that the sequences identified to belong to Anaplasma were closely related to sequences isolated from goats in China and were clustered within the same group. To our knowledge, this is the first study to detect Anaplasma sp. infection in Korean native goats.


16S rRNA gene; Anaplasma; Korean native goat; phylogenetic analysis

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