Molecular characterization of Chlamydophila pneumoniae isolates from Western barred bandicoots

Kutlin, Andrei, Roblin, Patricia M., Kumar, Swati, Kohlhoff, Stephan, Bodetti, Tracey J., Timms, Peter, & Hammerschlag, Margaret R. (2007) Molecular characterization of Chlamydophila pneumoniae isolates from Western barred bandicoots. Journal of Medical Microbiology, 56(3), pp. 407-417.


Chlamydophila pneumoniae is an obligate intracellular respiratory pathogen that has been associated with pneumonia and chronic bronchitis, atherosclerosis, asthma and other chronic diseases in humans. However, C. pneumoniae is not restricted to humans, as originally thought, and can cause infections in several animal hosts. C. pneumoniae was isolated in cell culture from nine Western barred bandicoots (Perameles bougainville) from Australia. The sequences of five genomic regions were determined, including full-length sequences of the 16S rRNA and ompA genes and the ygeD-urk intergenic spacer, and partial sequences of the 23S rRNA and rpoB genes. Sequence analysis of the entire 16S rRNA and ompA genes from bandicoot isolates demonstrated that they were 98.2-98.3% similar to human isolates, 94.6-99.3% similar to the equine biovar and almost identical, with 99.5-99.9% similarity, to the koala biovar. Comparative genotyping of the variable domain 4 region of the ompA gene demonstrated that bandicoot isolates seemed to be identical to the animal genotype that has been recently identified in human carotid plaque specimens. Minor sequence polymorphism observed in ompA, 16S rRNA and rpoB genes of animal isolates, indicating genomic diversity within C. pneumoniae, may have important implications for diagnostic PCR assays leading to false negative results. Forty percent of selected published species-specific PCR assays were found to have sequence variability in primer and/or probe that might affect their performance in detecting bandicoot isolates of C. pneumoniae, or possibly other animal and human strains where minor sequence polymorphisms may be present. The data from this study support the previous observations that C. pneumoniae is not restricted to humans and may be widespread in an animal reservoir with a potential risk of transmission to humans.

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ID Code: 6909
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins, genetics, Bacterial Proteins/genetics, Base Sequence, Chlamydophila, Infections, microbiology, pneumoniae
ISSN: 1473-5644
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY (060100) > Cell Development Proliferation and Death (060103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > MICROBIOLOGY (060500) > Infectious Agents (060502)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Society for General Microbiology
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:40

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