Chlamydophila felis

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Chlamydophila felis
Scientific classification
C. felis
Binomial name
Chlamydia felis
Everett et al., 1999[1]

Chlamydia felis (formerly Chlamydophila felis and before that Chlamydia psittaci var. felis) is a bacterium endemic among domestic cats worldwide, primarily causing inflammation of feline conjunctiva, rhinitis and respiratory problems. C. felis can be recovered from the stomach and reproductive tract. Zoonotic infection of humans with C. felis has been reported. Strains FP Pring and FP Cello have an extrachromosomal plasmid, whereas the FP Baker strain does not. FP Cello produces lethal disease in mice, whereas the FP Baker does not. An attenuated FP Baker strain, and an attenuated 905 strain, are used as live vaccines for cats.

Genome structure[edit]

C. felis has relatively small genome that contains 1.17 Mbp with 1,005 protein coding genes. Additionally, it carries 7,5 kbp long plasmid.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Everett, K. D. E.; Bush, R. M.; Andersen, A. A. (1999). "Emended description of the order Chlamydiales, proposal of Parachlamydiaceae fam. nov. and Simkaniaceae fam. nov., each containing one monotypic genus, revised taxonomy of the family Chlamydiaceae, including a new genus and five new species, and standards for the identification of organisms". International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology. 49 (2): 415–440. doi:10.1099/00207713-49-2-415. ISSN 0020-7713. PMID 10319462.
  2. ^ Azuma, Y.; Hirakawa, H.; Yamashita, A.; Cai, Y.; Rahman, MA.; Suzuki, H.; Mitaku, S.; Toh, H.; et al. (Feb 2006). "Genome sequence of the cat pathogen, Chlamydophila felis". DNA Res. 13 (1): 15–23. doi:10.1093/dnares/dsi027. PMID 16766509.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hillström, Anna; Tvedten, Harold; Källberg, Maria; Hanås, Sofia; Lindhe, Anna; Holst, Bodil Ström (2012). "Evaluation of cytologic findings in feline conjunctivitis". Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 41 (2): 283–290. doi:10.1111/j.1939-165X.2012.00423.x. PMID 22551068.
  • Halanova, Monika; Sulinova, Zlatana; Cislakova, L; Trbolova, A; Palenik, L; Weissova, T; Halan, M; Kalinova, Z; Holickova, M (November 2011). "Chlamydophila felis in Cats - Are the Stray Cats Dangerous Source of Infection?". Zoonoses and Public Health. 58 (7): 519–522. doi:10.1111/j.1863-2378.2011.01397.x. PMID 21824351.

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