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Characterization of the bacterial microbiota in wild-caught Ixodes ventalloi

AuthorsDíaz-Sánchez, Sandra ; Hernández-Jarguín, Angélica; Torina, Alessandra; Fernández de Mera, Isabel G.; Blanda, Valeria; Caracappa, Santo; Gortázar, Christian ; Fuente, José de la
Issue Date2019
CitationTicks and Tick-borne Diseases 10(2): 336-343 (2019)
AbstractExploring the microbial diversity of ticks is crucial to understand geographical dispersion and pathogen transmission. Tick microbes participate in many biological processes implicated in the acquisition, maintenance, and transmission of pathogens, and actively promote host phenotypic changes, and adaptation to new environments. The microbial community of Ixodes ventalloi still remains unexplored. In this study, the bacterial microbiota of wild-caught I. ventalloi was characterized using shotgun-metagenomic sequencing in samples from unfed adults collected during December 2013-January 2014 in two locations from Sicily, Italy. The microbiota identified in I. ventalloi was mainly composed of symbiotic, commensal, and environmental bacteria. Interestingly, we identified the genera Anaplasma and Borrelia as members of the microbiota of I. ventalloi. These results advance our information on I. ventalloi microbiota composition, with potential implications in tick-host adaptation, geographic expansion, and vector competence.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ttbdis.2018.11.014
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