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Comparative Microsatellite Typing of New World Leishmania infantum Reveals Low Heterogeneity among Populations and Its Recent Old World Origin

  • Katrin Kuhls mail,

    Katrin.Kuhls@o2online.de

    Affiliation: Institut für Mikrobiologie und Hygiene, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Mohammad Zahangir Alam,

    Affiliation: Institut für Mikrobiologie und Hygiene, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Current address: Department of Parasitology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh

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  • Elisa Cupolillo,

    Affiliation: Laboratório de Pesquisa em Leishmaniose, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz - Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  • Gabriel Eduardo M. Ferreira,

    Affiliation: Laboratório de Biologia Molecular de Insetos, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz - Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  • Isabel L. Mauricio,

    Affiliation: Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

    Current address: Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Lisboa, Portugal

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  • Rolando Oddone,

    Affiliation: Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Nacional de Asuncion, Asuncion, Paraguay

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  • M. Dora Feliciangeli,

    Affiliation: Universidad de Carabobo, BIOMED-Centro Nacional de Referencia de Flebotomos de Venezuela, UC-BIOMED-CNRFV, Maracay, Venezuela

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  • Thierry Wirth,

    Affiliation: Département de Systématique et Évolution, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, UMR-CNRS 5202, Paris, France

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  • Michael A. Miles,

    Affiliation: Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Gabriele Schönian

    Affiliation: Institut für Mikrobiologie und Hygiene, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Published: June 07, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001155

About the Authors

Katrin Kuhls, Mohammad Zahangir Alam, Gabriele Schönian
Institut für Mikrobiologie und Hygiene, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Elisa Cupolillo
Laboratório de Pesquisa em Leishmaniose, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz - Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gabriel Eduardo M. Ferreira
Laboratório de Biologia Molecular de Insetos, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz - Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Isabel L. Mauricio, Michael A. Miles
Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Rolando Oddone
Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Nacional de Asuncion, Asuncion, Paraguay
M. Dora Feliciangeli
Universidad de Carabobo, BIOMED-Centro Nacional de Referencia de Flebotomos de Venezuela, UC-BIOMED-CNRFV, Maracay, Venezuela
Thierry Wirth
Département de Systématique et Évolution, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, UMR-CNRS 5202, Paris, France

Corresponding Author

Email: Katrin.Kuhls@o2online.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: KK GS EC MAM. Performed the experiments: KK MZA RO GEMF. Analyzed the data: KK TW MZA. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GS EC ILM RO MDF GEMF. Wrote the paper: KK GS EC ILM GEMF MAM.