Vaginal bacterial microbiota of an endangered donkey breed: a comparison between Miranda donkey breed (Equus asinus) jennies with and without reproductive problems

Silvia Carvalho, Catarina Marinho, Alexandre Gonçalves, Margarida Sousa, Miguel Nóvoa, Miguel Quaresma , Gilberto Igrejas, Patricia Poeta

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Abstract

is study provided an overview of the vaginal bacterial microbiota of Miranda donkey breed jennies with and without reproductive
problems. is Portuguese autochthonous donkey bred is in danger of extinction. Bacteria isolated were predominantly Gram-positive and
belonging to the genera of Bacillus spp, Corynebacterium spp., Lactobacillus spp., Staphylococcus spp. and Streptococcus spp.. e species
found in the vaginal microbiota were diverse and didn’t di8er signi9cantly between the jennies with and without reproductive problems.
However the isolates of Streptococcus zooepidemicus of jennies with reproductive problems presented a higher number of the studied genes
encoding virulence factors then the isolate without reproductive problems. is is the 9rst study reporting vaginal bacterial microbiota of
Miranda donkey breed jennies. Since there are few studies regarding the vaginal microbiota of equines, especially in this donkey breed, these
results can be an asset for future studies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number193
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Integrated Omics
Volume6
Issue number1
Early online date09 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

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