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Title: Speculations on the Origin and Evolution of the Genus Leishmania
Authors: Momen, Hooman
Cupolillo, Elisa
Keywords: Euleishmania, Paraleishmania, Leishmania evolution, biogeographical associations, phylogeny
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2000
Publisher: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
Citation: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (ISSN: 1678-8060) Vol 95 Num 4
Abstract: Recently two hypotheses have been proposed for the evolution of Leishmania involving respectively a Neotropical or Paleartic origin for the species. Here an alternative proposal on the phylogeny of Leishmania based on the major divisions within the genus is presented. In this hypothesis a Neotropic origin is retained for L. (Viannia) and Paraleishmania, a recently desribed section within the genus Leishmania, while an African origin is proposed for L. (Leishmania) and possibly Sauroleishmania. The current distribution of Leishmania in the Neotropics is explained as the product of multiple introductions of Leishmania parasites into the New World. Problems with organismal identity in Sauroleishmania and the use of molecular sequence data in inferring phylogenies are also discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/20195
Other Identifiers: http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=oc00092
Rights: Copyright 2000 Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz Fiocruz
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