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Biology of the Mycoplasmas

  • Joseph G. Tully
Part of the Cellular Senescence and Somatic Cell Genetics book series (CSSCG, volume 3)

Abstract

There are, in my opinion, three major milestones in the current history of the mycoplasmas. The first concerns the recovery and description of the first organism in this group in 1898 (1), later to be designated Mycoplasma mycoides and shown to be the etiologic agent of contagious bovine pleuro-pneumonia. The second involves the recognition (2) and subsequent cultivation (3) of the etiologic agent of primary atypical pneumonia (4). This organism, designated Mycoplasma pneumoniae, became the first mycoplasma shown to be pathogenic for man. Finally, the third event concerns recent observations that a group of helical, motile mycoplasmas, termed spiroplasmas (5), exist in nature as plant and insect pathogens (6-8), and possess capabilities of provoking disease in vertebrate hosts (9).

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Mole Percent NADH Oxidase Ureaplasma Urealyticum Binary Fission Mycoplasma Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph G. Tully
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  1. 1.Mycoplasma Section, Laboratory of Infectious DiseasesNational Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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