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Multiple Unique Cryptosporidium Isolates from Three Species of Ground Squirrels (Spermophilus beecheyi, S. beldingi, and S. lateralis) in California
- Pereira, Maria das Graças Cabral, Li, Xunde, McCowan, Brenda, Phillips, Ralph L., Atwill, Edward R.
- Applied and environmental microbiology 2010 v.76 no.24 pp. 8269-8276
- Cryptosporidium, Spermophilus beecheyi, genes, phylogeny, proteins, ribosomal RNA, squirrels, California
- Phylogenetic analyses of the 18S small-subunit (SSU) rRNA and Cryptosporidium oocyst wall protein (COWP) genes indicate that multiple unique Cryptosporidium isolates are shed by separate species of Spermophilus ground squirrels (S. beecheyi, S. beldingi, and S. lateralis) throughout California, despite some squirrel populations' being geographically isolated. The data support our assertion that Spermophilus squirrels shed novel Cryptosporidium species.