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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2005 Feb 1;243(1):173-9.

Carbohydrate utilization by the Lyme borreliosis spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi.

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Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40536-0298, USA.

Abstract

Growth kinetic analyses of Borrelia burgdorferi indicated that this bacterium can utilize a limited number of carbon sources for energy: the monosaccharides glucose, mannose, and N-acetylglucosamine, the disaccharides maltose and chitobiose, and glycerol. All of these carbohydrates are likely to be available to B. burgdorferi during infection of either vertebrate and arthropod hosts, enabling development of a model describing energy sources potentially used by the Lyme borreliosis spirochete during its natural infectious cycle.

PMID:
15668016
DOI:
10.1016/j.femsle.2004.12.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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