Reduction of benzyl viologen distinguishes genera of the class Mollicutes.

@article{Pollack1996ReductionOB,
  title={Reduction of benzyl viologen distinguishes genera of the class Mollicutes.},
  author={J. Pollack and J. Banzon and K. Donelson and J. Tully and J. Davis and K. Hackett and C. Agbanyim and R. Miles},
  journal={International journal of systematic bacteriology},
  year={1996},
  volume={46 4},
  pages={
          881-4
        }
}
We tested the ability of 62 growing strains belonging to the class Mollicutes to reduce the redox indicator and free-radical generator 1,1'-dibenzyl-4,4'-bipyridinium dichloride (benzyl viologen [BV]) to a blue-violet-purple color. BV was reduced by 12 Acholeplasma species but not by Acholeplasma multiforme PN525T (T = type strain). BV was also reduced by five of nine Mesoplasma species and by four of six Entomoplasma species. BV was not reduced by 19 Mycoplasma species, six Spiroplasma species… Expand
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