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      Isolation and characterization of Leptospira interrogans from pigs slaughtered in São Paulo State, Brazil Translated title: Isolamento e caracterização de Leptospira interrogans de suínos abatidos no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil

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          With the aim of isolating Leptospira spp., blood serum, kidney, liver and genital tract of 137 female swine (40 sows and 97 gilts) and also urine samples from 22 sows were collected in a slaughterhouse in the State of São Paulo, from April 2003 to August 2004. Four isolates were obtained from animals that presented microagglutination test (MAT) titers > 100 for the serovar Pomona and one was obtained from an animal negative by MAT in which Leptospira was isolated from the liver and reproductive tract. The presence of leptospiral DNA was investigated by PCR, and positive results were found in kidneys of 11 females, liver of two, genital tract of two and urine of one of them. Nephrosis, interstitial multifocal nephritis, moderate to severe changing, hyalines cylinders and hemorrhagic focuses, hepatic and uterine horns congestion were histological lesions observed in higher frequency in animals positive for leptospira. The silver impregnation (Warthin Starry) confirmed the presence of spirochetes in renal tubules of four females with positive leptospira cultures from kidneys. The serogroup of the five isolates was identified as Pomona by cross agglutination with reference polyclonal antibodies. Molecular characterization of the isolates was carried out by variable-number tandem-repeats analysis. All the isolates revealed a pattern distinct from the L. interrogans Pomona type strain, but identical to a previously identified pattern from strains isolated in Argentina belonging to serovar Pomona.

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          Amostras de soro sanguíneo, rim, fígado e trato genital de 137 fêmeas suínas (40 matrizes e 97 marrãs) e de urina de 22 matrizes foram colhidas em abatedouro no Estado de São Paulo, no período de abril de 2003 a agosto de 2004 tendo como objetivo o isolamento de Leptospira spp. Quatro estirpes foram isoladas de animais que apresentaram títulos, no teste de soroaglutinação microscópica (SAM) > 100, para o sorovar Pomona e de um animal, não reagente na SAM, em que houve isolamento de leptospiras do fígado e aparelho reprodutor. A presença do DNA de leptospira foi investigada pela técnica da PCR e foram observados resultados positivos nos rins de 11 fêmeas, no fígado de duas, no aparelho reprodutor de duas e na urina de uma delas. Nefrose, nefrite intersticial multifocal variando de moderada a severa, cilindros hialinos e focos hemorrágicos, congestão hepática e de cornos uterinos foram lesões histológicas evidenciadas com freqüência mais alta em animais positivos para leptospira. A impregnação argêntica (Warthin Starry) confirmou a presença de espiroquetas nos túbulos renais das quatro fêmeas onde houve cultura positiva para leptospiras dos rins. O sorogrupo dos cinco isolados foi identificado como Pomona pela técnica de aglutinação cruzada com anticorpos policlonais de referência. A caracterização molecular dos isolados foi realizada pela análise do número variável de repetições em tandem (VNTR). Os mesmos revelaram um padrão distinto da estirpe padrão de L. interrogans sorovar Pomona, porém idêntico a um padrão previamente identificado em estirpes isoladas na Argentina, pertencentes ao sorovar Pomona.

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              Application of multilocus variable-number tandem-repeat analysis for molecular typing of the agent of leptospirosis.

              Leptospirosis is a worldwide-distributed zoonosis, endemic in tropical areas. Epidemiologic investigations of leptospirosis still rely on tedious serological identification tests. Recently, molecular typing systems based on variable-number tandem-repeat (VNTR) analysis have been described and have been used to identify Leptospira interrogans strains. Although L. interrogans is the most common Leptospira species encountered in human infections around the world, other pathogenic species, such as Leptospira kirschneri and Leptospira borgpetersenii, are also frequently associated with human leptospirosis. In this study, we aimed to extend multilocus VNTR analysis (MLVA) identification of strains to species other than L. interrogans. We designed primers for VNTR loci found in L. interrogans, L. kirschneri, and L. borgpetersenii. The discriminatory power of the redefined primers was evaluated on collection strains and then on clinical strains. We also carried out a retrospective study on 156 strains isolated from patients and animals from New Caledonia, an area of high endemicity in the South Pacific. Our results show that this simple PCR-based MLVA typing technique is a powerful methodology for the epidemiology of leptospirosis.
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                Journal
                bjm
                Brazilian Journal of Microbiology
                Braz. J. Microbiol.
                Sociedade Brasileira de Microbiologia (São Paulo )
                1678-4405
                September 2008
                : 39
                : 3
                : 501-507
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Universidade de São Paulo Brasil
                [2 ] Ministério da Agricultura Pecuária e Abastecimento
                [3 ] Universidade de São Paulo Brasil
                [4 ] Universidade Federal de Pelotas Brazil
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                S1517-83822008000300017
                10.1590/S1517-83822008000300017
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                MICROBIOLOGY

                Microbiology & Virology

                Pomona, Swine, VNTR, Culture, PCR, Genital Tract, Suínos, Isolamento, Trato Genital

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