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Borrelia Burgdorferi

Pathogenic Agent Type

Bacteria

Associated Diseases

Image Description:

The Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, is an obligate parasite that cycles between ticks and vertebrate hosts. B. burgdorferi alters the proteins expressed on its outer surface, depending on the state of each host. Therefore, by using two different specimens, and staining the specimens in accordance with these two protein coat configurations, both states are combined into a single image. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)