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Insect Mol Biol. 1997 Aug;6(3):301-4.

Phylogenetic characterization of two transovarially transmitted endosymbionts of the bedbug Cimex lectularius (Heteroptera:Cimicidae).

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Institute of Parasitology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Ceské Budĕjovice, Czech Republic.


Two different inherited bacterial symbionts from ovary tissue of the bedbug Cimex lectularius were characterized by gene amplification and sequencing analysis of their 16S rDNA gene. The first bacterium belongs to the Wolbachia subgroup of the alpha-Proteobacteria, the second is a member of the gamma-subdivision, and is closely related to the bacterial parasite of the leafhopper Euscelidius variegatus (BEV) which was shown to be capable of transovarial transmission. The high similarity (> 97%) between the C. lectularius symbiont and BEV indicates that these two microorganisms belong to the same lineage and share the ability to invade distant insect hosts to fulfill their symbiotic functions and to establish transovarial transmission to future generations.

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