Genomic deletion marking an emerging subclone of Francisella tularensis subsp. holarctica in France and the Iberian Peninsula

M. P. Dempsey, M. Dobson, C. Zhang, M. Zhang, C. Lion, C. B. Gutiérrez-Martín, P. C. Iwen, P. D. Fey, M. E. Olson, D. Niemeyer, S. Francesconi, R. Crawford, M. Stanley, J. Rhodes, D. M. Wagner, A. J. Vogler, D. Birdsell, P. Keim, A. Johansson, S. H. HinrichsA. K. Benson

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Abstract

Francisella tularensis subsp. holarctica is widely disseminated in North America and the boreal and temperate regions of the Eurasian continent. Comparative genomic analyses identified a 1.59-kb genomic deletion specific to F. tularensis subsp. holarctica isolates from Spain and France. Phylogenetic analysis of strains carrying this deletion by multiple-locus variable-number tandem repeat analysis showed that the strains comprise a highly related set of genotypes, implying that these strains were recently introduced or recently emerged by clonal expansion in France and the Iberian Peninsula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7465-7470
Number of pages6
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume73
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Ecology

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    Dempsey, M. P., Dobson, M., Zhang, C., Zhang, M., Lion, C., Gutiérrez-Martín, C. B., Iwen, P. C., Fey, P. D., Olson, M. E., Niemeyer, D., Francesconi, S., Crawford, R., Stanley, M., Rhodes, J., Wagner, D. M., Vogler, A. J., Birdsell, D., Keim, P., Johansson, A., ... Benson, A. K. (2007). Genomic deletion marking an emerging subclone of Francisella tularensis subsp. holarctica in France and the Iberian Peninsula. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73(22), 7465-7470. https://doi.org/10.1128/AEM.00646-07