Taenia hydatigena: Isolation of mitochondrial DNA, molecular cloning, and physical mitochondrial genome mapping

K. W. Yap, R. C.A. Thompson, J. I. Rood, I. D. Pawlowski

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Mitochondrial DNA was isolated from Taenia hydatigena, T. crassiceps, and Echinococcus granulosus using a cetyltrimethylammonium bromide precipitation technique. The technique is simple, rapid, reproducible, and does not require extensive high speed ultracentrifugation. The advantage of using mitochondrial DNA from taeniid cestodes for comparative restriction analysis was demonstrated. Mitochondrial DNA of T. hydatigena was isolated as covalently closed circular molecules. These were linearized by single digestion with BamHI and the molecular weight was estimated from the linear form of 17.6 kb. The mitochondrial DNA of T. hydatigena is therefore similar in size and structure to that of many other animal species. The entire mitochondrial genome was cloned into pBR322 in Escherichia coli and a restriction map of the recombinant molecule was constructed. The potential of using the cloned mitochondrial genome as a probe in speciation studies as well as for providing functional information on the role of the cestode mitochondrion is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-294
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental Parasitology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • Bacterium
  • Cestodes, taeniid
  • Cloning
  • DNA
  • Echinococcus granulosus
  • Escherichia coli
  • Isolation precipitation
  • Mitochondria
  • Plasmid
  • Probe
  • Restriction endonucleases, map
  • Taenia crassiceps
  • Taenia hydatigena

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