Is it time to revise the nomenclature of Leishmania?

G, Schönian , Isabel Larguinho Mauricio, E Cupolillo

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Leishmania is notable for a large number of described species. Molecular phylogenies of Leishmania have increasingly suggested that the number of species could be too large. A recent phylogenetic analysis of the heat-shock protein 70 gene (hsp70) by Fraga and colleagues supports the existence of only eight medically relevant species compared to 17 species as defined by multilocus enzyme electrophoresis. Whether a revised classification system should be introduced for Leishmania is discussed.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)466-469
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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