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Molecular Detection of <i>Bartonella henselae</i> DNA in the Dental Pulp of 800-Year-Old French Cats

La Vu Dang, Benoît Clavel, Sébastien Lepetz, Gérard Aboudharam, Didier Raoult and Michel Drancourt

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 39, issue 9, pages 1391-1394
Published in print November 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/424884
Molecular Detection of Bartonella henselae DNA in the Dental Pulp of 800-Year-Old French Cats

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Bartonella species are responsible for chronic bacteremia in domestic cats, which raises a question about the antiquity of the relationship between Bartonella species and cats that act as reservoirs for the organism. The sequencing of Bartonella pap31 and groEL genes from the dental pulp of cats dating from the 13th to 16th centuries identified the presence of B. henselae genotype Houston; the observation of a unique mutation in the results of PCR assays for Bartonella species ruled out modern DNA contamination of the dental pulp samples. We conclude that cats had bacteremia due to B. henselae 800 years ago.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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