Detection of Neospora from tissues of experimentally infected rhesus macaques by PCR and specific DNA probe hybridization

Michael S Y Ho, Bradd C. Barr, Alice F Tarantal, Lucy T Y Lai, Andrew G Hendrickx, Antoinette E. Marsh, Karen W. Sverlow, Andrea E. Packham, Patricia A Conrad

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Abstract

Neospora is a newly recognized Toxoplasma-like cyst-forming coccidian parasite that causes abortion or congenital infections in naturally or experimentally infected animals. In this study, pregnant rhesus macaques were inoculated with culture-derived tachyzoites of a bovine Neospora isolate, and tissue samples from various major organs were collected from dams and fetuses for the detection of parasite DNA by using oligonucleotide primers COC-1 and COC-2 for PCR amplification of a conserved coccidial nuclear small-subunit rRNA gene sequence, and amplification products were confirmed by hybridization with a Neospora-specific DNA probe. PCR products were amplified from DNAs of different fetal monkey tissues, including brain, heart, lung, liver, spleen, skeletal muscle, skin, and placenta. In addition, Neospora DNA was amplified from the brain, heart, and lung tissues of infected rhesus macaque dams. The PCR and probe hybridization system may provide an effective method for the detection of Neospora infection in fetuses and dams from nonhuman primates and may be useful in determining the zoonotic potential of Neospora.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1740-1745
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume35
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Microbiology

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    Ho, M. S. Y., Barr, B. C., Tarantal, A. F., Lai, L. T. Y., Hendrickx, A. G., Marsh, A. E., Sverlow, K. W., Packham, A. E., & Conrad, P. A. (1997). Detection of Neospora from tissues of experimentally infected rhesus macaques by PCR and specific DNA probe hybridization. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 35(7), 1740-1745.