Restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of Cryptosporidium parvum isolates of bovine and human origin.

Y. R. Ortega, R. R. Sheehy, V. A. Cama, K. K. Oishi, C. R. Sterling

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Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts isolated from different hosts and geographical areas were compared by restriction endonuclease analysis of repetitive DNA: Iowa (bovine), Florida (bovine), New York (bovine), Peru (human), Brazil (human), and Mexico (human). Southern blot hybridization analysis was performed using the restriction endonuclease enzyme Eco RI and the DNA probe pV47-2. The probe hybridized with 18 bands present in all the isolates. The Brazilian, Mexican, and Peruvian human isolates had an additional common band of 4.3 kbp that was absent in the bovine isolates. Two extra bands of 14 and 12 kbp were present in the Brazilian isolate whereas the Mexican isolate had an extra band of 14 kbp. When the Iowa and Peru C. parvum isolates were passed twice through calves, oocysts recovered from both passages showed identical banding patterns, suggesting that recombination of the repetitive sequences was not altered during sexual reproduction. The DNA digested with other restriction endonucleases were tested confirming differences between isolates. A genomic DNA library is currently being produced to better define isolate variation in C. parvum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40S-41S
JournalThe Journal of protozoology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


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  • Parasitology

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