Genetic diversity evaluation on Portuguese Leishmania infantum strains by multilocus microsatellite typing
- Autores: Campino L, Cardoso L, Cortes S, Kuhls K, Lopes C, Marcos M, Mauricio IL, Nunes M, Schoenian G
- Ano de Publicação: 2014
- Journal: Infection Genetics and Evolution
- Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24815728
Leishmania infantum is the main etiological agent of zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis in the Mediterranean region, including Portugal, but, given its low isoenzyme diversity in this country, the population structure is poorly known. A set of 14 polymorphic microsatellite markers was studied on 136 Portuguese Leishmania strains isolated from different hosts, geographic regions and different clinical forms. A total of 108 different genotypes were found, which is a degree of genetic diversity comparable to other regions, even within zymodeme MON-1.