Co-infection of the Siberian hamster (Phodopus sungorus) with a novel Helicobacter sp. and Campylobacter sp.
Author(s)Nagamine, Claude M.; Shen, Zeli; Luong, Richard H.; McKeon, Gabriel P.; Ruby, Norman F.; Fox, James G.; ... Show more Show less
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We report the isolation of a novel helicobacter isolated from the caecum of the Siberian hamster (Phodopus sungorus). Sequence analysis showed 97 % sequence similarity to Helicobacter ganmani. In addition, we report the co-infection of these Siberian hamsters with a Campylobacter sp. and a second Helicobacter sp. with 99 % sequence similarity to Helicobacter sp. flexispira taxon 8 (Helicobacter bilis), a species isolated previously from patients with bacteraemia. Gross necropsy and histopathology did not reveal any overt pathological lesions of the liver and gastrointestinal tract that could be attributed to the Helicobacter or Campylobacter spp. infections. This is the first helicobacter to be identified in the Siberian hamster and the first report of co-infection of Helicobacter spp. and Campylobacter sp. in asymptomatic Siberian hamsters.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Biological Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Division of Comparative Medicine
Journal of Medical Microbiology
Society for General Microbiology
Nagamine, Claude M., Zeli Shen, Richard H. Luong, Gabriel P. McKeon, Norman F. Ruby, and James G. Fox. “Co-Infection of the Siberian Hamster (Phodopus Sungorus) with a Novel Helicobacter Sp. and Campylobacter Sp.” Journal of Medical Microbiology 64, no. 5 (May 1, 2015): 575–581.
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