Characterization of the digestive-tract microbiota of Hirudo orientalis, a european medicinal leech

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2008 Oct;74(19):6151-4. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00795-08. Epub 2008 Aug 8.

Abstract

FDA-approved, postoperative use of leeches can lead to bacterial infections. In this study, we used culture-dependent and culture-independent approaches to characterize the digestive-tract microbiota of Hirudo orientalis. Surprisingly, two Aeromonas species, A. veronii and A. jandaei, were cultured. Uncultured Rikenella-like bacteria were most similar to isolates from Hirudo verbana.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacteria / classification*
  • Bacteria / isolation & purification*
  • DNA, Bacterial / chemistry
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • DNA, Ribosomal / chemistry
  • DNA, Ribosomal / genetics
  • Europe
  • Gastrointestinal Tract / microbiology
  • Genes, rRNA
  • Leeches / microbiology*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phylogeny
  • RNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid

Substances

  • DNA, Bacterial
  • DNA, Ribosomal
  • RNA, Bacterial
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S

Associated data

  • GENBANK/EU616626
  • GENBANK/EU616627
  • GENBANK/EU616628
  • GENBANK/EU616629
  • GENBANK/EU616630
  • GENBANK/EU616631
  • GENBANK/EU616632
  • GENBANK/EU616633