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Cicuttin G.L.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | De Salvo M.N.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | Nava S.,CONICET
Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases | Year: 2017

The aim of this work was to describe two novel strains of Ehrlichia associated to Amblyomma tigrinum from Argentina. Molecular detection of agents belonging to the family Anaplasmataceae was performed targeting three different loci: 16S rRNA gene, dsb gene and a fragment of groESL heat shock operon. The results have shown that two different strains of Ehrlichia sp. associated to A. tigrinum are circulating in peri-urban areas of Argentina. The Ehrlichia strain detected in ticks from San Luis Province, named as Ehrlichia sp. strain San Luis, is closely related to the Ehrlichia chaffeensis. The novel Ehrlichia strain detected in Córdoba Province, named as Ehrlichia sp. strain Córdoba, is phylogenetically related to three Ehrlichia strains from Brazil, two of them isolated from wild carnivorous and the third one isolated from horse. Even though Ehrlichia sp. strain Córdoba was clustered with the three Ehrlichia strains from Brazil, the genetic similarity was too low to consider them as the same taxonomic entity. Blood samples of dogs were positive to Anaplasma platys. The association of these two novel strains with A. tigrinum has epidemiological relevance because adult stages of this tick species are common parasite of dogs in rural and peri-urban areas and they are aggressive to humans. The presence of these two novel Ehrlichia strains implies a potential epidemiological risk in Argentina because the species of the genus Ehrlichia are known to be pathogenic to both domestic mammals and humans. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd


Cicuttin G.L.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | De Salvo M.N.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | La Rosa I.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | Dohmen F.E.G.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur
Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases | Year: 2017

Bats are potential reservoirs of many vector-borne bacterial pathogens. The aim of the present study was to detect species of Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Neorickettsia, Rickettsia, Borrelia and Bartonella in Brazilian free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis, Molossidae) from Buenos Aires city, Argentina. Between 2012 and 2013, 61 T. brasiliensis from urban areas of Buenos Aires city were studied. The samples were molecularly screened by PCR and sequencing. Five bats (8.2%) were positive to Neorickettsia risticii, one (1.6%) was positive to Rickettsia sp. and three bats (4.9%) to Bartonella sp. For molecular characterization, the positive samples were subjected to amplification and sequencing of a fragment of p51 gene for N. risticii, a fragment of citrate synthase gene (gltA) for Rickettsia genus and a fragment of gltA for Bartonella genus. Phylogenetic tree was constructed using the maximum-likelihood method. Phylogenetic analysis of N. risticii detect in our study revealed that it relates to findings in the USA West Coast; Rickettsia sp. detected is phylogenetically within R. bellii group, which also includes many other Rickettsia endosymbionts of insects; and Bartonella sp. found is related to various Bartonella spp. described in Vespertilionidae bats, which are phylogenetically related to Molossidae. Our results are in accordance to previous findings, which demonstrate that insectivorous bats could be infected with vector-borne bacteria representing a potential risk to public health. Future research is necessary to clarify the circulation of these pathogens in bats from Buenos Aires. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd


Beltran F.J.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | Dohmen F.G.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | Del Pietro H.,Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria | Cisterna D.M.,Servicio de Neurovirosis
Journal of Infection in Developing Countries | Year: 2014

Introduction: The exposure of nervous tissue samples to high temperatures affects the sensitivity of rabies virus diagnostic tests, causing degradation of the viral structure. This study evaluated reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for the diagnosis and molecular characterization of brain tissue samples in an advanced state of decomposition and poorly conserved viral isolates by comparing it with routine diagnostic tests. Methodology: A panel of three canine brain samples exposed to controlled decomposition for 7, 15, 30, and 120 days were evaluated using fluorescence antibody test (FAT), mouse inoculation test (MIT), and RT-PCR. In addition, 14 isolates of rabies variants, representing the largest circulation in Argentina, preserved in inadequate cooling for six to eight years were analyzed. Molecular typing of strains was performed using a 159-nucleotide region corresponding to the nucleoprotein gene. Results: The three samples analyzed were positive by RT-PCR at all the decomposition times evaluated, in contrast to results observed with FAT and MIT, which rapidly became negative. In addition, 100% of the inadequately preserved samples were characterized molecularly. The limit of detection of RT-PCR was 0.5 MICDL50/0.03 mL. Conclusion: RT-PCR can be useful for rabies diagnosis and typing of putrefying samples or rabies isolates stored in inadequate conditions. © 2014 Beltrán et al.


Lucero N.E.,National Laboratories And Institutes Of Health Administration Anlis Dr C G Malbran | Maldonado P.I.,Hospital Juan A Fernandez | Kaufman S.,Hospital Juan A Fernandez | Escobar G.I.,National Laboratories And Institutes Of Health Administration Anlis Dr C G Malbran | And 2 more authors.
Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases | Year: 2010

From the blood culture of an HIV-positive patient with a febrile syndrome (CD4 count 385 cells/μL and viral load nondetectable), Brucella canis was isolated. The patient was presumptively infected from his dogs, which tested positive, and showed good outcome after the therapy with doxycycline- ciprofloxacin, and the HIV infection would seem not to have been influenced by brucellosis. To our knowledge, no other case of B. canis in the setting of HIV infection has been reported in the literature, and the emerging zoonotic potential of the disease in urban areas should be considered. © Copyright 2010, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc..


Cicuttin G.L.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | Tarragona E.L.,CONICET | De Salvo M.N.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | Mangold A.J.,CONICET | Nava S.,CONICET
Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases | Year: 2015

Natural infection with Ehrlichia canis and Anaplasma platys in ticks belonging to the tropical and temperate lineages of Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato from Argentina was evaluated. Samples were tested for Ehrlichia canis infection by PCR assays using 16S rRNA, dsb and p28 gene, while detection of A. platys was performed with 16S rRNA and groESL gene. The assignment of the ticks to each lineage was corroborated with 16S rDNA sequences. All ticks infected with E. canis and A. platys belonged to the tropical lineage. These results constitute the first record of E. canis infection in R. sanguineus s.l ticks from Argentina. No ticks from the temperate lineage were found to be infected with E. canis, coinciding with previous studies performed in Argentina and Uruguay where E. canis infection was not detected in R. sanguineus s.l from the temperate lineage. Because the presence of the tropical lineage of R. sanguineus s.l has been documented in tropical areas of northern Argentina between 22° and 24° of south latitude, the findings of this work indicate that transmission of E. canis and A. platys to dogs by R. sanguineus s.l probably occurs along this region. © 2015 Elsevier GmbH.


Cicuttin G.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | Nava S.,CONICET
Memorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz | Year: 2013

Specimens of the hard tick Amblyomma triste were found infected with Rickettsia parkeri in an area of Argentina (General Lavalle, Buenos Aires Province) where cases of human illness attributed to this microorganism have been reported. Molecular detection of R. parkeri was based on polymerase chain reactions that amplify a ca. 400-bp fragment of the 23S-5S intergenic spacer and a ca. 500-bp fragment of the gene encoding a 190-kDa outer membrane protein. Three (6.97%) of 43 A. triste ticks were determined to be positive for R. parkeri. These results provide strong evidence that A. triste is the vector of R. parkeri in the study area. The findings of this work have epidemiological relevance because human parasitism by A. triste ticks has been frequently recorded in some riparian areas of Argentina and Uruguay and new cases of R. parkeri rickettsiosis might arise in the South American localities where humans are exposed to the bites of this tick species.


Cicuttin G.L.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | De Salvo M.N.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | Gury Dohmen F.E.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur
Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases | Year: 2016

Canine monocytic ehrlichiosis (CME) is a worldwide potentially fatal tick-borne rickettsial disease of dogs caused by Ehrlichia canis and transmitted by Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato. CME diagnosis includes indirect (serology) and direct (e.g. blood smears and PCR) methods. PCR is more sensitive and specific than direct microscopic examination and positive PCR results confirm infection, whereas positive serologic test results only confirm exposure.The aim of the present study was to perform a molecular characterization of E. canis from canine samples of the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires. We studied 223 blood samples of dogs submitted to our institute for CME diagnoses. The samples were initially screened for Anaplasmataceae family by PCR, resulting in 30 positive dogs (13.4%). Subsequently, positive DNAs were analyzed by nested PCR 16S rRNA specific for E. canis or Anaplasma platys, resulting in 15 (6.7%) and 16 (7.2%) positive dogs, respectively.For molecular characterization, samples positive for E. canis were subjected to amplification of a fragment of the dsb and p28 genes. The nucleotide sequences obtained for the dsb fragment resulted in 100% identity with others E. canis found in dogs from different regions of worldwide. The nucleotide sequences obtained for p28 gene resulted in 100% of identity with each other and closely with E. canis str. Jaboticabal (Brazil). Identity with others sequences of E. canis ranged from 76.9 to 79.7%.The occurrence of canine cases molecularly confirmed in Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires highlights the need for more studies in order to understand epidemiological factors associated with CME, especially the disease transmission dynamic in South America given the existence of two lineages of R. sanguineus sensu lato with different vectorial capacity for transmission of E. canis. © 2016 Elsevier GmbH.


Monje L.D.,CONICET | Linares M.C.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | Beldomenico P.M.,CONICET | Beldomenico P.M.,National University of Costa Rica
Microbes and Infection | Year: 2016

Rickettsia massiliae belongs to the spotted fever group and in the New World is commonly associated with the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus. Herein we investigate the presence of R. massiliae in Rh. sanguineus sensu lato ticks in a location near the Andean foothills (Mendoza, Argentina), to provide a prevalence estimate and to assess the infection intensity of this pathogen. Rickettsia massiliae infection was found in 5.1% of the Rh. sanguineus s.l ticks analyzed, all with high infection intensities. Molecular analysis determined that all R. massiliae-infected Rh. sanguineus s.l. ticks belonged to the temperate lineage. © 2016 Institut Pasteur


PubMed | Institute Virologia Dr J M Vanella and Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Revista Argentina de microbiologia | Year: 2016

Our goal was to determine the presence of neutralizing antibodies against St. Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV) and West Nile virus (WNV) in sera of wild and domestic birds from Buenos Aires City, Argentina. From October 2012 to April 2013, 180 samples were collected and processed by the microneutralization technique. A 7.2% of the sampled birds were seropositive for SLEV, while no seropositive birds for WNV were detected.


Cicuttin G.L.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | Vidal P.,National University of Central Buenos Aires | Nazarena De Salvo M.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | Beltran F.J.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur | Gury Dohmen F.E.,Institute Zoonosis Luis Pasteur
Revista Chilena de Infectologia | Year: 2014

Background: Rickettsioses, ehrlichioses and anaplasmoses are caused by Gram negative obligate intracellular bacteria and transmitted mainly by arthropods. Aim: To detect and perform the molecular characterization of these pathogens in ticks and domestic dogs in Bahia Blanca City (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Methods: Fifty six blood samples from dogs and 82 ticks (75 Rhipicephalus sanguineus and 7 Amblyomma tigrinum) were studied. The samples were analyzed by PCR for Rickettsia (intergenic space 23S-5S rRNA), Ehrlichia/Anaplasma (16S rRNA), and Anaplasma platys (16S rRNA). Results: 12% of R. sanguineus resulted positive for Rickettsia, identified by sequencing as Rickettsia massiliae; and 37.5% of the canine blood samples analyzed were positive for A. platys. Molecular characterization was also performed by amplification of the fragment of the citrate synthase gene (gltA) (Rickettsia genus) and the groESL gene (A. platys). Phylogenetic trees were constructed using the neighbor-joining method. These trees revealed that sequences obtained are similar to those from other geographical regions. Conclusion: The results indicate the presence of R. massiliae in R. sanguineus ticks for the second time in an urban area of South America and A. platys infection in dogs, being the southernmost region of Argentina where it has been notified. © 2014 Sociedad Chilena de Infectologia. All rights reserved.

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