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Occurrence and characterization of Acanthamoeba similar to genotypes T4, T5, and T2/T6 isolated from environmental sources in Brasília, Federal District, Brazil.
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PMID:  22546341     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Species of Acanthamoeba can cause keratitis and brain infections. The characterization of environmental isolates is necessary to analyze the risk of human infection. We aimed at identifying and genotyping Acanthamoeba isolates from soil, swimming pools, and water features in Brasília, Federal District, Brazil, as well as determining their physiological characteristics and pathogenic potential. Among the 18 isolates studied, eight were similar to genotype T5, five to T4, and one to T2/T6, classified by the sequence analysis of 18S rDNA. Genotypes of four isolates were not determined. Ten isolates (55%) grew at 37°C and seven (39%) grew in media with 1.5M mannitol, which are the physiological parameters associated with pathogenic Acanthamoeba; also, four isolates from swimming pools presented high pathogenic potential. Our results indicate a widespread distribution of potentially pathogenic Acanthamoeba T4, T5, and T2/T6 in different environmental sources in Brasília, revealing the potential risk of human infection and the need of preventive measures.
Daniella de Sousa Mendes Moreira Alves; Aline Silva Moraes; Nadjar Nitz; Mayara Gabriele Carvalho de Oliveira; Mariana Machado Hecht; Rodrigo Gurgel-Gonçalves; César Augusto Cuba Cuba
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Experimental parasitology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1090-2449     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
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Created Date:  2012-5-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0370713     Medline TA:  Exp Parasitol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Laboratório de Parasitologia Médica e Biologia de Vetores, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Brasília, Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro, Asa Norte, 70910-900 Brasília, DF, Brazil.
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