|Etymology:||Genus name: named after the French bacteriologist Amédée Borrel (1867-1936).|
Species epithet: named after Willy Burgdorfer, who in 1981 found spirochetes in ticks from the area around Old Lyme (Connecticut, USA) and associated the finding to the disease (Lyme disease).
|Type Strain:||B31 = ATCC 35210|
||Borrelia spp. have a planar flat-wave morphology. B. burgdorferi is 0.33 x 10-20 µm in size with 3-10 waves. Has 7-11 periplasmic flagella (endoflagella or axial filaments) at each cell end and is very motile.|
|Gram +/Gram -:||G-, difficult to stain|
||Tick borne, in Sweden usually by Ixodes ricinus but can most likely also be transferred by Ixodes hexagonus|
|16S rRNA Seq.:|
||About 40 different species have been described within the genus Borrelia and about half of these (among others B. afzelii and B. garinii ave been affiliated to B. burgdorferi sensu lato, which means B. burgdorferi in a wider sense. B. burgdorferi sensu stricto, in this context, means only the species B. burgdorferi.|
|Comment:||The disease was first described in 1975.|
|New families introduced within the order Enterobacterales|
The order Enterobacterales (formerly called Enterobacteriales) previously consisted of bacteria with different properties and phylogenetically, these bacteria were far apart. In order for the taxonomy to be more in line with phylogeny, some of these bacteria have, therefore, been sorted into 6 new families.Published 2022-04-13. Read more...