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J Vet Sci 2018; 19(6): 846-849  https://doi.org/10.4142/jvs.2018.19.6.846
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
1Department of Veterinary Pharmaceutical, Jiangsu 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: November 30, 2018.
A group of benign Theileria species, which are often referred to as T. orientalis/T. buffeli/T. sergenti group, has low pathogenicity in cattle. Herein, we report on Theileria spp. in cattle on a farm from China. Based on phylogenetic analysis of the major piroplasm surface protein gene sequences, we detected 6 genotypes that were categorized as Types 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 as well as an additional Type 9 genotype. The new epidemiological features of the T. orientalis/T. buffeli/T. sergenti parasites in China indicate a greater diversity in the genetics of these species than had been previously thought.
Keywords: MPSP gene, Theileria spp., genotype, phylogeny

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