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Molecular phylogenetic studies on clinical bovine piroplasmosis caused by benign Theileria in Shaanxi Province, China
Jing Wang1,2,*, Jiyu Zhang2, Zhen Zhu2, Xuzheng Zhou2, Bing Li2
1Jiangsu Agri-animal Husbandry Vocational College, Taizhou 225300, China
2Lanzhou Institute of Husbandry and Veterinary Pharmaceutical Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Key Laboratory for Veterinary Drug Innovation, Ministry of Agriculture, Lanzhou 730050, China
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Received: April 11, 2018; Revised: August 15, 2018; Accepted: August 21, 2018; Published online: August 30, 2018.
A group of benign Theileria species, which is often referred to as Theileria orientalis/sergenti/buffeli, shows low pathogenicity in cattle. Here, we report the species of Theileria in cattle on a farm from China. We detected 6 genotypes that were categorized as types 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 as well as an additional type 9 from the phylogenetic analysis of MPSP gene sequences. The new epidemiological features of the T. orientalis/sergenti/buffeli parasites in China reveal a greater diversity in the genetics of these species than had been previously thought.
Keywords: Theileria sp.; major piroplasm surface protein; genotype; phylogeny

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