Comparative sequence analysis of 5.8S rRNA genes and internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions of trichomonadid protozoa

Parasitology. 1997 Aug;115 ( Pt 2):111-9. doi: 10.1017/s0031182097001212.


The taxonomic situation in the genus Tritrichomonas is the subject of controversial discussion: potentially T. foetus and T. suis, the tritrichomonads from cattle and swine, respectively, could belong to the same species. In order to shed some light on this question, a molecular biological analysis was performed. The 5.8S rRNA gene and the flanking internal transcribed spacer regions (ITS1 and ITS2) of 12 different isolates of 3 Tritrichomonas species T. foetus, T. suis and T. mobilensis were enzymatically amplified by PCR and subcloned. Also, the corresponding regions of the trichomonads Trichomonas vaginalis, T. tenax, T. gallinae and Pentatrichomonas hominis were included in this study. Sequence analysis of cloned fragments was used to compare the parasite isolates. The genus Tritrichomonas exhibited an extremely high degree of homogeneity. All T. foetus and T. suis isolates had identical sequences, and only 1 substitution was found in the ITS2 region of T. mobilensis. In contrast, the genus Trichomonas shared more diversity. The results obtained in this study support a possible future revision of the taxonomic classification of tritrichomonads.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / parasitology
  • DNA, Protozoan / analysis
  • DNA, Protozoan / genetics
  • DNA, Ribosomal / genetics
  • Genes, rRNA*
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods
  • Protozoan Infections / parasitology
  • Protozoan Infections, Animal*
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 5.8S / genetics*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Swine
  • Swine Diseases / parasitology
  • Trichomonadida / classification*
  • Trichomonadida / genetics*
  • Trichomonadida / isolation & purification
  • Trichomonas / genetics
  • Trichomonas Infections / parasitology*
  • Tritrichomonas / genetics


  • DNA, Protozoan
  • DNA, Ribosomal
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 5.8S

Associated data

  • GENBANK/U85966
  • GENBANK/U85967
  • GENBANK/U86612
  • GENBANK/U86613
  • GENBANK/U86614
  • GENBANK/U86615
  • GENBANK/U86616