Hemin-dependent growth and hemin binding of Bartonella henselae.

  title={Hemin-dependent growth and hemin binding of Bartonella henselae.},
  author={Anna Sander and Stefan Kretzer and Wolfgang Bredt and Karin Oberle and Stefan Bereswill},
  journal={FEMS microbiology letters},
  volume={189 1},
Bartonella henselae causes cat-scratch disease and bacillary angiomatosis peliosis. The bacteria reside in erythrocytes of asymptomatic cats, which represent the natural reservoir for this pathogen. B. henselae is usually grown on blood-enriched media. Growth experiments on Brucella medium without blood demonstrated that heme compounds are essential for the growth of B. henselae and can completely substitute the addition of blood components. The heme precursor protoporphyrin IX alone, or in… CONTINUE READING
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