Evolution of Mycobacterium ulcerans and other mycolactone-producing mycobacteria from a common Mycobacterium marinum progenitor.

@article{Yip2007EvolutionOM,
  title={Evolution of Mycobacterium ulcerans and other mycolactone-producing mycobacteria from a common Mycobacterium marinum progenitor.},
  author={Marcus J Yip and Jessica L. Porter and Janet A. M. Fyfe and Caroline J. Lavender and Françoise Portaels and Martha W. Rhodes and Howard I. Kator and A. Colorni and Grant A. Jenkin and Timothy P Stinear},
  journal={Journal of bacteriology},
  year={2007},
  volume={189 5},
  pages={2021-9}
}
It had been assumed that production of the cytotoxic polyketide mycolactone was strictly associated with Mycobacterium ulcerans, the causative agent of Buruli ulcer. However, a recent study has uncovered a broader distribution of mycolactone-producing mycobacteria (MPM) that includes mycobacteria cultured from diseased fish and frogs in the United States and from diseased fish in the Red and Mediterranean Seas. All of these mycobacteria contain versions of the M. ulcerans pMUM plasmid, produce… CONTINUE READING

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