Cryptic Genes for Interbacterial Antagonism Distinguish Species Infecting Blacklegged Ticks From Other Pathogens.
AuthorVerhoeve, Victoria I
Fauntleroy, Tyesha D
Risteen, Riley G
Driscoll, Timothy P
Gillespie, Joseph J
JournalFrontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
PublisherFrontiers Media S.A.
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AbstractThe genus Rickettsia (Alphaproteobacteria: Rickettsiales) encompasses numerous obligate intracellular species with predominantly ciliate and arthropod hosts. Notable species are pathogens transmitted to mammals by blood-feeding arthropods. Mammalian pathogenicity evolved from basal, non-pathogenic host-associations; however, some non-pathogens are closely related to pathogens. One such species, Rickettsia buchneri, is prevalent in the blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis. While I. scapularis transmits several pathogens to humans, it does not transmit Rickettsia pathogens. We hypothesize that R. buchneri established a mutualism with I. scapularis, blocking tick superinfection with Rickettsia pathogens.
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Rights/TermsCopyright © 2022 Verhoeve, Fauntleroy, Risteen, Driscoll and Gillespie.
contact-dependent growth inhibition systems
lateral gene transfer
recombination hot spot
Identifier to cite or link to this itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/18990
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