Ehrlichia ruminantium (formerly Cowdria ruminantium) is a tick-borne rickettsial pathogen that infects cattle, causing heartwater or cowdriosis. The disease is widespread in most of sub-Saharan Africa and on several islands in the Caribbean, where it is a serious constraint to animal production.
The Sanger Institute performed some of the initial shotgun sequencing for this project, in collaboration with Dr. F. Jongejan and Dr. E. de Vries of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology of Utrecht University and Dr. B. Allsopp of the University of Pretoria Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, South Africa. This was supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.
Published Genome Data
The sequencing was completed, and the genomic analysis performed, by Dr. B. Allsopp of the University of Pretoria Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, South Africa.
The fully annotated genome sequence is available from the EMBL/GenBank databases with accession number CR767821.
The genome of the heartwater agent Ehrlichia ruminantium contains multiple tandem repeats of actively variable copy number.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2005;102;3;838-43
PUBMED: 15637156; PMC: 545511; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0406633102
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