Delineation of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato species by multilocus sequence analysis and confirmation of the delineation of Borrelia spielmanii sp. nov

Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2006 Apr;56(Pt 4):873-881. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.64050-0.


To evaluate multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA) for taxonomic purposes in the delineation of species within Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, seven relevant loci of various strains for which extensive DNA-DNA reassociation data were available were sequenced. MLSA delineation proved to be fully concordant with conventional methods. Our analysis confirmed the delineation of a novel species, Borrelia spielmanii sp. nov., previously known as 'Borrelia spielmani' Richter et al. 2004, with strain PC-Eq17N5T (=DSM 16813T = CIP 108855T) as the type strain.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Typing Techniques*
  • Borrelia burgdorferi Group / classification*
  • Borrelia burgdorferi Group / genetics
  • DNA, Bacterial / chemistry*
  • Genotype
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization


  • DNA, Bacterial

Associated data

  • GENBANK/DQ133508
  • GENBANK/DQ133511
  • GENBANK/DQ133514
  • GENBANK/DQ133517
  • GENBANK/DQ133520
  • GENBANK/DQ133523
  • GENBANK/DQ133526