Identification of borrelia burgdorferi isolated in Korea using outer surface protein A (OspA) serotyping system

Sun-Ho Kee, K. J. Hwang, H. B. Oh, K. S. Park

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Two characteristic strains (935T, 934U) of B. burgdorferi isolated from Ixodes persulcatus and a wild rodent (Apodemus agrarius) in Korea were selected and analyzed by an immunoblot method using the monoclonal antibodies directed to different epitopes of outer surface protein A (OspA). The reactive pattern of strain 934U with these monoclonal antibodies was identical to that of strains belonging to B. afzelii and that of strain 935T was different from other isolates. Monoclonal antibody (5TEE3) which is specific to strain 935T did not react with any other Western and Japanese isolates. So, it was suggested that there exist at least two groups of B. burgdorferi in Korea. One could be classified as B, afielii and the other is a divergent group from three known species of B. burgdorferi sensu stricto, B. garinii and B. afzelii.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)989-993
Number of pages5
JournalMicrobiology and Immunology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes



  • Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Identification
  • Monoclonal antibody

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)

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