Updated: 3/18/2015

Introduction to Mycoplasma

Review Topic
  • Mycoplasma are unique
    • smallest free-living organism capable of self-replication
    • no peptidoglycan cell wall
      • able to deform into a wide range of shapes
      • antibotics that attack the cell wall don't work
        • penicillin  and cephalosporins do not work
    • cholesterol found in cell membrane
      • the only bacterial membrane containing cholesterol
      • however, does not synthesize cholesterol
        • requires cholesterol for in vitro culture
    • culture on Eaton's agar
      • "fried-egg" appearance except M. pneumoniae
  • 2 pathogenic species
    • M. pneumoniae
    • Ureaplasma urealyticum

Please rate topic.

Average 5.0 of 2 Ratings

Thank you for rating! Please vote below and help us build the most advanced adaptive learning platform in medicine

The complexity of this topic is appropriate for?
How important is this topic for board examinations?
How important is this topic for clinical practice?
Topic COMMENTS (0)
Private Note