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Genetic diversity of Echinococcus spp. in Russia

  • SERGEY V. KONYAEV (a1) (a2) (a3), TETSUYA YANAGIDA (a2), MINORU NAKAO (a2), GALINA M. INGOVATOVA (a4), YAKOV N. SHOYKHET (a4), ALEXANDR Y. BONDAREV (a5), VALERIY A. ODNOKURTSEV (a6), KYUNNYAY S. LOSKUTOVA (a7), GULNUR I. LUKMANOVA (a8), NIKOLAI E. DOKUCHAEV (a9), SERGEY SPIRIDONOV (a10), MIKHAIL V. ALSHINECKY (a11), TATYANA N. SIVKOVA (a12), OLEG N. ANDREYANOV (a13), SERGEY A. ABRAMOV (a1), ANTON V. KRIVOPALOV (a1), SERGEY V. KARPENKO (a1), NATALIA V. LOPATINA (a1), TAMARA A. DUPAL (a1), YASUHITO SAKO (a2) and AKIRA ITO (a2)...

Summary

In Russia, both alveolar and cystic echinococcoses are endemic. This study aimed to identify the aetiological agents of the diseases and to investigate the distribution of each Echinococcus species in Russia. A total of 75 Echinococcus specimens were collected from 14 host species from 2010 to 2012. Based on the mitochondrial DNA sequences, they were identified as Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto (s.s.), E. canadensis and E. multilocularis. E. granulosus s.s. was confirmed in the European Russia and the Altai region. Three genotypes, G6, G8 and G10 of E. canadensis were detected in Yakutia. G6 was also found in the Altai region. Four genotypes of E. multilocularis were confirmed; the Asian genotype in the western Siberia and the European Russia, the Mongolian genotype in an island of Baikal Lake and the Altai Republic, the European genotype from a captive monkey in Moscow Zoo and the North American genotype in Yakutia. The present distributional record will become a basis of public health to control echinococcoses in Russia. The rich genetic diversity demonstrates the importance of Russia in investigating the evolutionary history of the genus Echinococcus.

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*Corresponding author. Department of Parasitology, Asahikawa Medical University, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, 078-8510, Japan. Tel.: +81 166 68 2421. Fax: +81 166 68 2429. E-mail: yanagida@asahikawa-med.ac.jp

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