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Genomics of Newly Discovered Leprosy Pathogen: Mycobacterium lepromatosis and Its Geographic Isolation in Mexico

  • Open or CloseSubhrajit Barua1, Tandra Ghosh2*, Nibir Biswas3*, Asesh Banerjee1* and Prabuddha Gupta1*

    1Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University Kolkata, Rajarhat, Newtown, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

    2Dept of Physiology, AIIMS Kalyani, NH-34 Connector, Basantapur, Saguna, Kalyani, West Bengal, India

    3Calcutta school of tropical medicine 108 CR Avenue Kolkata 700073, India

    *Corresponding author:Prabuddha Gupta, Asesh Banerjee, Amity University Kolkata, West Bengal, India, Tandra Ghosh, AIIMS Kalyani, West Bengal, India, Nibir Biswas, Calcutta school of tropical medicine 108 CR Avenue Kolkata 700073, India

Submission: February 20, 2020; Published: May 12, 2020

DOI: 10.31031/OABB.2020.03.000553

ISSN 2578-0247
Volume3 Issue1


Leprosy is a chronic dermatologic infection that has plagued human populations for thousands of years. Mycobacterium leprae, the etiological agent for leprosy, has puzzled scientists since its identification by Hansen in 1873 [1]. Leprosy is one of the leading causes of treatable neuropathy [2]. It has been affecting mankind since the earliest historically recorded identification and far beyond (2000 B.C, in ancient Indus civilization) [3]. Leprosy is also one of the earliest recognized diseases which have a proven association with the bacterial pathogen, M. leprae [3]. In 2008, a new bacterium, M. lepromatosis was discovered in Mexico which was also reported to cause leprosy [4].

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