Coccidioides Species Determination: Does Sequence Analysis Agree with Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism?

Suzanne M. Johnson, Erin L. Carlson, Demosthenes Pappagianis

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Fifteen Coccidioides isolates were previously examined for genetic diversity using restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP); two fragment patterns were observed. Two isolates demonstrated one banding pattern (designated RFLP group I), while the remaining 13 isolates demonstrated a second pattern (designated RFLP group II). Recently, molecular studies supported the division of the genera Coccidioides into two species: Coccidioides posadasii and Coccidioides immitis. It has been assumed that the species division corresponds to the RFLP grouping. We tested this hypothesis by amplifying the ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer region as well as the dioxygenase, serine proteinase, and urease genes from 13 isolates previously examined by RFLP and then sequencing the PCR products. The appropriate species for each isolate was assigned using phylogenetically informative sites. The RFLP grouping agreed with the Coccidioides species assignment for all but one isolate, which may represent a hybrid. In addition, polymorphic sites among the four genes examined were in agreement for species assignment such that analysis of a single gene may be sufficient for species assignment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-379
Number of pages7
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Feb 3 2015


  • Coccidioides immitis
  • Coccidioides posadasii
  • Dioxygenase
  • ITS
  • RFLP
  • Serine proteinase
  • Urease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • veterinary (miscalleneous)


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