Using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and two primers for conserved regions of the small subunit ribosomal RNA (SSU-rRNA) of Microsporidia, a DNA segment about 1,195 base pairs long was amplified from a DNA template prepared from purified spores of the microsporidian species Pleistophora anguillarum. These spores had been isolated from adult eels (Anguilla japonica) with 'Beko Disease.' A comparison of sequence data from other microsporidian species showed P. anguillarum SSU-rRNA to be most similar to Vavraia oncoperae. When juvenile eels were artificially infected with P. anguillarum, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay could detect a positive infection only 12 days post-infection. However, when suitable PCR primers were used, a DNA fragment of about 0.8 kb was detected from these juvenile eels after only 3 days post-infection. No PCR product was obtained with templates prepared from clinically healthy control animals.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology|
|Publication status||Published - 1998 Jan 1|
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