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Mycoplasmas

David Taylor-Robinson and Jørgen Skov Jensen

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070645_update_001

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Mycoplasmas

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Mycoplasmas are the smallest self-replicating prokaryotes. They are devoid of cell walls, with the plasticity of their outer membrane favouring pleomorphism, although some have a characteristic bottle-shaped appearance. Mycoplasmas recovered from humans belong to the genera Mycoplasma (14 species) and Ureaplasma (2 species). They are predominantly found in the respiratory and genital tracts, but sometimes invade the bloodstream and thus gain access to joints and other organs....

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Subjects: Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Infectious Diseases

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