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A new plasmid (QpDV) common to Coxiella burnetii isolates associated with acute and chronic Q fever

Danka Valková, Ján Kazár
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-6968.1995.tb07368.x 275-280 First published online: 1 January 1995

Abstract

Genetic studies of Coxiella burnetii strains suggested the possibility of differentiating new isolates according to their plasmid DNA content. Virulence and/or clinical manifestations (‘chronic’ and ‘acute’ Q fever) had been claimed to correlate with this plasmid typing. A new plasmid, named QpDV, was found to be common to C. burnetii isolates obtained from acute and chronic Q fever. According to the results obtained, plasmid usage for detection and differentiation of respective pathovars of C. burnetii and the correlation between gene specificity and pathovar has to be revised. Closer studies suggested a common origin of C. burnetii plasmids, but also showed some differences characteristic for each plasmid, probably reflecting divergent evolution.

Keywords
  • Coxiella burnetii
  • Plasmid
  • Q fever pathotype genes
  • Virulence

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