Journal article

Absence of genetic structure in Baylisascaris schroederi populations, a giant panda parasite, determined by mitochondrial sequencing

Yue Xie, Xuan Zhou, Zhihe Zhang, Chengdong Wang, Yun Sun, Tianyu Liu, Xiaobin Gu, Tao Wang, Xuerong Peng, Guangyou Yang

Parasites and Vectors | BMC | Published : 2014


BACKGROUND: Infection with the parasitic nematode, Baylisascaris schroederi (Ascaridida: Nematoda), is one of the most important causes of death in giant pandas, and was responsible for half of deaths between 2001 and 2005. Mitochondrial (mt) DNA sequences of parasites can unveil their genetic diversity and depict their likely dynamic evolution and therefore may provide insights into parasite survival and responses to host changes, as well as parasite control. METHODS: Based on previous studies, the present study further annotated the genetic variability and structure of B. schroederi populations by combining two different mtDNA markers, ATPase subunit 6 (atp6) and cytochrome c oxidase subun..

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Awarded by Science & Technology Ministry, China

Awarded by Research Fund for the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by grants from the Science & Technology Ministry, China (No. 200910188) and the Research Fund for the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding (No. CPF-2012-13). We would like to thank Zuqing Chen and Yu Wang (College of Veterinary Medicine, Sichuan Agricultural University, China) for their technical assistance; Chengdong Wang and his staff (Ya'an Bifengxia Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, China) for materials.