A monoclonal Perkinsus chesapeaki isolate was established from 1 of 10 infected Australian Anadara trapezia cockles. Morphological features were similar to those of described P. chesapeaki isolates, and also included a unique vermiform schizont cell-type. Perkinsus olseni-specific PCR primers amplified DNAs from all 10 cockles. Perkinsus chesapeaki-specific primers also amplified DNAs from 4/10 cockles, including DNA from the isolate source cockle. Three different sets of DNA sequences from the monoclonal isolate grouped with the homologous, previously deposited, P. chesapeaki sequences in phylogenetic analyses. In situ hybridization assays detected both P. chesapeaki and P. olseni cells in histological sections from the source cockle for monoclonal isolate ATCC PRA-425.
Kimberly S. Reece, Gail P. Scott, Cécile Dang, Christopher F. Dungan, Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, Volume 148, September 2017, Pages 86–93