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Isolation of a cultivable spirochete from Ixodes ricinus ticks of Switzerland

Barbour, Alan G. ; Burgdorfer, Willy ; Hayes, Stanley F. ; Péter, Olivier ; Aeschlimann, André

In: Current Microbiology, 1983, vol. 8, no. 2, p. 123-126

We have isolated in BSK medium a spirochete of Ixodes ricinus ticks. The ticks were collected from an area of Switzerland where erythema chronicum migrans, a tick-borne, penicillin-ameliorated inflammatory disorder, is endemic. The I. ricinus spirochete was very similar in its morphology, polyacrylamide-gel-electrophoresis profile, and antigenic determinants to a spirochete that was... Plus

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    Summary
    We have isolated in BSK medium a spirochete of Ixodes ricinus ticks. The ticks were collected from an area of Switzerland where erythema chronicum migrans, a tick-borne, penicillin-ameliorated inflammatory disorder, is endemic. The I. ricinus spirochete was very similar in its morphology, polyacrylamide-gel-electrophoresis profile, and antigenic determinants to a spirochete that was previously isolated from Ixodes dammini ticks of the United States.