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Molecular detection of Bartonella sp. and hemoplasmas in blood samples from domestic felines from Campo Grande city, State of Mato Grosso do Sul

Grant number: 13/06016-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2013
Effective date (End): April 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Veterinary Medicine - Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Principal Investigator:Marcos Rogério André
Grantee:Ana Cláudia Gabriela Alexandre de Santis
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias (FCAV). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Jaboticabal. Jaboticabal , SP, Brazil


Hemotrophic mycoplasmas (hemoplasmas) are arthropod-borne bacteria that parasitize mammals, mainly wild and domestic felines, causing occasionally diseases in humans. Among felines, fleas are incriminated as vectors of these parasites. While Bartonella species parasitize erythrocytes and endothelial cells, hemoplasmas attach to erythrocytes' surface. Cats are considered the main reservoirs for B. henselae and B. clarridgeiae, and possibly, B. koehlerae. Bartonella henselae is the aetiological agent of "Cat Scratch Disease" in humans. Wild and domestic felids can be parasitized by Mycoplasma haemofelis, the most pathogenic species among hemoplasmas, and by por 'Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum' and 'Candidatus Mycoplasma turicensis', considered less pathogenic species. Ocasionally, hemoplasmas can parasitize immunocompromised human beings. The knowledge of the occurrence of these pathogens in cats is needed, because they are incriminated as aetiological agents of "feline infectious anemia" (caused by hemoplasmas) and as zoonotic agents (mainly Bartonella species). Few reports have been done about the occurrence of these agents in cats from Brazil. The present work aims to detect the presence of M. haemofelis, 'Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum', 'Candidatus Mycoplasma turicensis' e Bartonella spp. DNA in stray and domestic cats from Zoonosis Control Center (ZCC) in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul.

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ANA CLÁUDIA GABRIELA ALEXANDRE DE SANTIS; HEITOR MIRAGLIA HERRERA; KEYLA CARTENS MARQUES DE SOUSA; LUIZ RICARDO GONÇALVES; NATHANI CRISTINA BACCARIM DENARDI; IARA HELENA DOMINGOS; JOÃO BOSCO VILELA CAMPOS; ROSANGELA ZACARIAS MACHADO; MARCOS ROGÉRIO ANDRÉ. Detecção molecular de micoplasmas hemotróficos em gatos domiciliados e errantes em Campo Grande, estado do Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil. Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, v. 23, n. 2, p. 231-236, . (13/06016-6)

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