Evolutionary trends in the genus Bordetella

Microbes Infect. 2001 Jan;3(1):61-72. doi: 10.1016/s1286-4579(00)01353-8.


The genus Bordetella comprises seven species with pathogenic potential for different host organisms. This article attempts to review our current knowledge about the systematics and evolution of this important group of pathogens, their relationship to environmental microorganisms and about molecular mechanisms of host adaptation.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution
  • Bordetella / classification*
  • Bordetella / genetics
  • Genome, Bacterial
  • Humans
  • Phylogeny
  • Species Specificity