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Volume 62, Issue 4


Genotyping of Acanthamoeba spp. from water sources from Northwestern Iran

Ali Haniloo
  • Department of Parasitology and Mycology, School of Medicine, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran
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/ Ali Pezeshki
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  • Department of Parasitology and Mycology, School of Medicine, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran
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/ Abbas Mahmmodzadeh
  • Department of Parasitology and Mycology, School of Medicine, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran
  • Department of Parasitology, Tehran Medical Sciences Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
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/ Elnaz Kadkhodamohammadi
  • Department of Parasitology and Mycology, School of Medicine, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran
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Published Online: 2017-10-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2017-0095


Acanthamoeba spp. are free-living amoebae which are ubiquitously distributed worldwide and can be found in the wide range of environments, particularly in various types of water sources, where they able to cause important health problems. In the present study, cultures containing Acanthamoeba from water samples were obtained from our earlier survey. For an analysis of the genetic pattern of Acanthamoeba isolates, DNA sequencing of nuclear small-subunit rRNA gene (18S rRNA or Rns) was applied. A phylogenetic analyses of the isolates displayed that all of them were belonged to the potentially pathogenic T4 genotype. This investigation provides further evidence that the T4 genotype is the most prevalent in water samples and demonstrates that there is a need for taking more consideration to water sources in order to prevent complications associated with pathogenic Acanthamoeba spp.

Keywords: Acanthamoeba spp; genotyping; water sources; Iran


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About the article

Received: 2017-03-17

Revised: 2017-08-04

Accepted: 2017-08-08

Published Online: 2017-10-15

Published in Print: 2017-12-20

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 62, Issue 4, Pages 790–795, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2017-0095.

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