Ribosomal DNA sequence of Nucleospora salmonis Hedrick, Groff and Baxa, 1991 (Microsporea:Enterocytozoonidae): implications for phylogeny and nomenclature

J Eukaryot Microbiol. Jan-Feb 1997;44(1):55-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1550-7408.1997.tb05692.x.


Rules of zoological nomenclature, morphological data, and ribosomal DNA sequence data support the validity of the genus Nucleospora, and its placement in the family Enterocytozoonidae. Although Nucleospora exhibits most of the distinguishing morphological characteristics of the family Enterocytozoonidae Cali and Owen, 1990, the distinctively different hosts (fish and humans, respectively) and sites of development (the nuclei of immature blood cells and the cytoplasm of enterocytes) support the placement of Nucleospora and Enterocytozoon into separate genera. Ribosomal DNA sequence comparisons between Nucleospora salmonis and Enterocytozoon bieneusi showed 19.8% genetic divergence in the large and small subunit regions. Although more inter- and intrageneric comparisons are needed before percent homology of ribosomal DNA can be used as a criterion for the separation of genera, the genetic divergence between the two species is sufficiently large to deter suppression of the genus Nucleospora as a junior synonym of Enterocytozoon. A polymerase chain reaction test for the detection of N. salmonis in chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), based on N. salmonis-specific ribosomal DNA sequence, is described.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • DNA, Protozoan*
  • DNA, Ribosomal*
  • Microsporea / classification
  • Microsporea / genetics*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phylogeny*
  • Salmon / parasitology
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid
  • Terminology as Topic*


  • DNA, Protozoan
  • DNA, Ribosomal

Associated data

  • GENBANK/L07123
  • GENBANK/L15741
  • GENBANK/L19563
  • GENBANK/L19567
  • GENBANK/L20290
  • GENBANK/L20292
  • GENBANK/L20293
  • GENBANK/U78176