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Biological and molecular characterizations of Toxoplasma gondii strains obtained from Southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis)

Journal of Parasitology

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https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2000)086[0526:BAMCOT]2.0.CO;2

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Abstract

Toxoplasma gondii was isolated from brain or heart tissue from 15 southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) in cell cultures. These strains were used to infect mice that developed antibodies to T. gondii as detected in the modified direct agglutination test and had T. gondii tissue cysts in their brains at necropsy. Mouse brains containing tissue cysts from 4 of the strains were fed to 4 cats. Two of the cats excreted T. gondii oocysts in their feces that were infectious for mice. Molecular analyses of 13 strains indicated that they were all type II strains, but that they were genetically distinct from one another.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Biological and molecular characterizations of Toxoplasma gondii strains obtained from Southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis)
Series title:
Journal of Parasitology
DOI:
10.1645/0022-3395(2000)086[0526:BAMCOT]2.0.CO;2
Volume:
86
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Society of Parasitologists
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
5 p.
First page:
526
Last page:
530
Country:
United States
State:
California
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N