Novel Corynebacterium diphtheriae in Domestic Cats
Aron J. Hall , Pamela K. Cassiday, Kathryn A. Bernard, Frances Bolt, Arnold G. Steigerwalt, Danae Bixler, Lucia C. Pawloski, Anne M. Whitney, Masaaki Iwaki, Adam Baldwin, Christopher G. Dowson, Takako Komiya, Motohide Takahashi, Hans P. Hinrikson, and Maria L. Tondella
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (A.J. Hall, P.K. Cassiday, A.G. Steigerwalt, L.C. Pawloski, A.M. Whitney, H.P. Henrikson, M.L. Tondella); West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Charleston, West Virginia, USA (A.J. Hall, D. Bixler); Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (K.A. Bernard); University of Warwick, Coventry, UK (F. Bolt, A. Baldwin, C.G. Dowson); National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan (M. Iwaki, T. Komiya, M. Takahashi)
Figure 2. Jukes-Cantor–derived phylogenetic tree based on sequence analysis of a selected region of the rpoB gene of Corynebacterium isolates, including 2 feline isolates from West Virginia, 2008 (ATCC BAA-1774, CD 450). Feline isolates had 100% identity with each other and 97.7% identity with C. diphtheriae biotypes gravis and belfanti. GenBank accession nos. given in parentheses. ATCC, American Type Culture Collection; CD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifier number; NCTC, National Collection of Type Cultures. Scale bar indicates number of substitutions per site.
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