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haemoglobin phenotypes of the wild european mouflon sheep living on the island of sardinia.haemoglobin (hb) phenotypes have been studied in 100 wild european mouflons living on the island of sardinia by means of isoelectric focusing (ph 6.7-7.7 range) of the native tetramers, acid-urea-triton gel-electrophoresis, and reversed-phase hplc of globin chains. the result indicates the presence of two beta-globin alleles one of which, corresponding to the beta b, being the most common (f = 0.94). none were carriers of the earlier described hb a. the new hb was provisionally named hb m. sever ...19912024783
rickettsia slovaca from dermacentor marginatus ticks in sardinia, italy.nineteen ticks belonging to the species dermacentor marginatus, rhipicephalus bursa, and haemaphysalis sulcata were collected from wild animals (wild boar, deer, and mouflon) in south-western sardinia, italy. five d. marginatus ticks from wild boar were pcr-positive when analyzed using glta-specific and ompa-specific primers, leading to the identification and first isolation in cell culture of rickettsia slovaca, the causative agent of tick-borne lymphadenopathy (tibola), on the island of sardin ...201223140897
genetic and pathological characteristics of cryptococcus gattii and cryptococcus neoformans var. neoformans from meningoencephalitis in autochthonous goats and mouflons, sardinia, italy.in this study, we examined in sardinia the brain of 555 autochthonous sheep, 50 goats, and 4 mouflons which were found affected by neurological signs. we found 6 goats and one mouflon with meningoencephalitis caused by cryptococcus sp. there was no evidence of cryptococcal infections in any of the examined sheep. mlst genotyping on cryptococcus sp. isolates identified cryptococcus gatti genotype aflp4/vgi and cryptococcus neoformans var. neoformans genotype aflp2/vniv. phylogenetically, all cryp ...201525840469
morphology and genetic variability within taenia multiceps in ruminants from italy.the aim of this study was to investigate the genetic variability and population structure of taenia multiceps, and to correlate morphological features of individual coenuri with haplotypes. a total of 92 animals (86 sheep; 4 goats; 1 cattle; 1 mouflon, ovis musimon) aged between 6-36 months showing clinical symptoms of cerebral coenurosis were included in this study. t. multiceps coenuri (n=118) sampled from live animals during routine surgery procedures or at post-mortem inspections were examin ...201627198798
detection of rickettsia hoogstraalii, rickettsia helvetica, rickettsia massiliae, rickettsia slovaca and rickettsia aeschlimannii in ticks from sardinia, italy.tick-borne diseases represent a large proportion of infectious diseases that have become a world health concern. the presence of rickettsia spp. was evaluated by standard pcr and sequencing in 123 ticks collected from several mammals and vegetation in sardinia, italy. this study provides the first evidence of the presence of rickettsia hoogstralii in haemaphysalis punctata and haemaphysalis sulcata ticks from mouflon and rickettsia helvetica in ixodes festai ticks from hedgehog. in addition, ric ...201728110915
first record of gongylonema nepalensis in domestic and wild ruminants in europe.the gullet worm, gongylonema pulchrum, is cosmopolitan in distribution, infecting a variety of mammals including domestic and wild ruminants. gongylonema nepalensis recently collected from the esophageal epithelium of water buffaloes in nepal was separated from g. pulchrum based on its distinctly shorter left spicule relative to body length and unique nucleotide sequences of the ribosomal rna gene (rdna) and the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (cox-1). during meat inspections a ...201728969772
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