Molecular characterization of the horse isolate of Echinococcus granulosus in Turkey

Utuk A. E. , Simsek S.

JOURNAL OF HELMINTHOLOGY, cilt.87, ss.305-308, 2013 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 87 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1017/s0022149x12000363
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.305-308


Cystic echinococcosis is one of the most important helminthozoonoses, affecting various species of intermediate hosts and humans. In this report, we present Echinococcus granulosus infection in a horse and its molecular characterization. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of mitochondrial 12S rRNA (mt-12S rRNA) and partial sequencing of mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (mt-CO1) genes were performed. According to the mt-12S rRNA-PCR result, the horse isolate was grouped with E. granulosus sensu stricto (G1-G3) and the partial mt-CO1 sequence corresponded to the G1 strain. This is the first study of the molecular characterization of the horse isolate of E. granulosus in Turkey.