Detection of equine Babesia spp. gene fragments in Dermacentor nuttalli olenev 1929 infesting Mongolian horses, and their amplification in egg and larval progenies
College of Science
Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Babesia equi (EMA-1) and Babesia caballi (BC48) gene fragments were amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), in blood samples, and partially fed-females and egg and larval progenies of Dermacentor nuttalli, collected from horses in Altanbulag, Tuv Province, Mongolia. While Babesia parasite DNA was detected in some horse blood samples during the first PCR, all positive cases in partially fed-female ticks, eggs and larvae were confirmed by nested PCR. Present study reinforces earlier similar findings in unfed D. nuttalli ticks collected from an open space vegetation in Bayanonjuul, Tuv Province in Central Mongolia, pointing to the most likely important role of D. nuttalli in the transmission of equine babesiosis in Mongolia. The detection of parasite DNA in eggs and larval progenies is likewise suggestive of transovarial parasite transmission in this tick species.
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Battsetseg, B., Lucero, S., Xuan, X., Claveria, F., Byambaa, B., Battur, B., Boldbaatar, D., Batsukh, Z., Khaliunaa, T., Battsetseg, G., Igarashi, I., Nagasawa, H., & Fujisaki, K. (2002). Detection of equine Babesia spp. gene fragments in Dermacentor nuttalli olenev 1929 infesting Mongolian horses, and their amplification in egg and larval progenies. Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 64 (8), 727-730. https://doi.org/10.1292/jvms.64.727