Chen-Yi Chu, Wei Liu, Bao-Gui Jiang, Ding-Ming Wang, Wei-Jia Jiang, Qiu-Min Zhao, Pan-He Zhang, Zhao-Xiao Wang, Guang-Peng Tang, Hong Yang and Wu-Chun Cao
Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 2008, 46(9), 3130-3133. DOI: 10.1128/JCM.01195-08
By using multilocus sequence analysis, five Borrelia valaisiana-related strains isolated from rodents and ticks in southwestern China were eventually classified as a new genospecies of B. burgdorferi sensu lato rather than B. valaisiana. The finding explained the differences in transmission cycle and phenotype between B. valaisiana strains from Europe and B. valaisiana-related strains from eastern Asia.