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J Clin Microbiol. 2002 Dec;40(12):4771-5.

Are there naturally occurring pleomorphic bacteria in the blood of healthy humans?

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Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B4, Canada.

Abstract

Dark-field microscopy of blood from healthy individuals revealed the existence of pleomorphic microorganisms. These bacteria exhibited limited growth and susceptibility to antibiotics and could be detected by fluorescent in situ hybridization and flow cytometry. They were further characterized by analysis of their 16S rRNA and gyrB genes.

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12454193
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PMC154583
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