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J Med Microbiol. 2000 Oct;49(10):937-40.

Characterisation of a new isolate of Mycobacterium shimoidei from Finland.

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Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland. pirkko.koukila-kahkola@huch.fi

Abstract

This report describes the first isolation of Mycobacterium shimoidei in Finland from a sputum specimen obtained from an elderly female patient. M. shimoidei, a potential lung pathogen, is difficult to identify by routine methods and only a few cases have been reported. The present study demonstrated that M. shimoidei has a characteristic pattern for fatty acids and alcohols in gas liquid chromatography. This chromatogram and the pattern of mycolic acids on thin-layer chromatography allow it to be distinguished routinely. The unique sequence of the 16S rRNA gene and the 16S-23S rDNA spacer region allows identification by molecular methods.

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11023191
DOI:
10.1099/0022-1317-49-10-937
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