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Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2012 Jun;62(Pt 6):1321-5. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.033803-0. Epub 2011 Jul 29.

Mycoplasma neophronis sp. nov., isolated from the upper respiratory tract of Canarian Egyptian vultures (Neophron percnopterus majorensis).

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Unidad de Epidemiología y Medicina Preventiva, Facultad de Veterinaria de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. alejandro.suarez116@doctorandos.ulpgc.es

Abstract

Six strains with the typical characteristics of mycoplasmas were isolated from the tracheae of six Canarian Egyptian vultures (Neophron percnopterus majorensis). The results of biochemical, serological and molecular genetic studies showed that the isolates were nearly identical and that they could be considered as representing a novel species of the genus Mycoplasma. Colonies possessed the typical fried-egg appearance and electron micrographs revealed a pleomorphic cellular morphology with the lack of a cell wall. The isolates hydrolysed arginine and required sterol for growth but did not ferment glucose or hydrolyse urea. We propose that the isolates be assigned to a novel species,Mycoplasma neophronis sp. nov. The type strain is G.A.(T) ( = DSM 24097(T) = ATCC BAA-2157(T)). The antiserum of strain G.A.(T) has been deposited in the Mollicutes collection at Purdue University (Indiana, USA).

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10.1099/ijs.0.033803-0
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