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Is the broad range of hosts and geographical distribution of Trypanosoma evansi attributable to the loss of maxicircle kinetoplast DNA?



Is the broad range of hosts and geographical distribution of Trypanosoma evansi attributable to the loss of maxicircle kinetoplast DNA?



Parasitology Today 11(4): 131-133



Why Trypanosoma evansi shows a wide geographical distribution and range of mammalian hosts compared to T. brucei and other species of Trypanosoma is discussed. It is suggested that this biological characteristic may relate to the absence of maxicircle kinetoplast DNA in this parasite, and that this loss has facilitated the utilization of a wide range of mechanical vectors, and as a consequence this parasite has spread from Africa to other parts of the world following the migration of infected domestic animals, particularly camels.

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DOI: 10.1016/0169-4758(95)80129-4



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