Sykes, J. E.

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‘Candidatus Mycoplasma haematoparvum’, a novel small haemotropic mycoplasma from a dog

Sykes et al. (2005). International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 55 (1)
Ca. Mycoplasma haematoparvum
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics General Medicine Microbiology
A novel small haemoplasma was detected following cytological examination of blood smears from a splenectomized dog with haemic neoplasia. The 16S rRNA and rnpB genes of the organism were partially sequenced and a phylogenetic tree constructed. The organism was most closely related to the small feline haemoplasma, ‘Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum’ (94 % 16S rRNA gene nucleotide sequence identity; 75 % rnpB) and was only distantly related to Mycoplasma haemocanis (78 % 16S rRNA gene nucleotide sequence identity; 65 % rnpB). As this organism has not been cultured in vitro, the candidate species name ‘Candidatus Mycoplasma haematoparvum’ is proposed.