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Title: High inter-species and low intra-species variation in 16S-23S rDNA spacer sequences of pathogenic avian mycoplasmas offers potential use as a diagnostic tool
Authors: Ramirez, A. S. 
Naylor, C. J.
Pitcher, D. G.
Bradbury, J. M.
Keywords: Ribosomal-Rna Spacer
Et-Al. 1989
16S, et al
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: 0378-1135
Journal: Veterinary Microbiology 
Abstract: In order to investigate its value for phylogenetic analysis, species characterisation and diagnosis, the 16S-23S rDNA intergenic spacer regions (ISRs) of the type strain of 23 avian Mycoplasma species were amplified and the sequences determined. Also sequenced were the reference strains of Mycoplasma iowae serotypes J, K, N, Q and R and a number of field strains of Mycoplasma synoviae, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, Mycoplasma meleagridis and M. iowae. The ISRs demonstrated a high level of size variation (178-2488 bp) between species and did not include RNA genes. Phylogenetic analysis performed using the information conflicted with that based on the 16S rDNA and was therefore not helpful for phylogenetic studies. However, the ISR did appear to be of value for determining species since there was high inter-species variation between all 23 avian Mycoplasma species, and in addition there was low intra-species variation, at least in the four pathogenic species. It could also be very useful as additional information in the description of a new species and as a target for species-specific PCRs. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0378-1135
DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2007.10.023
Source: Veterinary Microbiology[ISSN 0378-1135],v. 128 (3-4), p. 279-287
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