The genus Dietzia: a new home for some known and emerging opportunist pathogens

Koerner, Roland, Goodfellow, Michael and Jones, Amanda (2009) The genus Dietzia: a new home for some known and emerging opportunist pathogens. FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology, 55 (3). pp. 296-305. ISSN 0928-8244

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The genus Dietzia has only been established fairly recently. The Gram morphology and colony appearance of the species of this genus is remarkably similar to Rhodococcus equi. In the absence of simple, accurate methods for their identification, Dietzia spp. might have been misidentified as a Rhodococcus spp. and/or considered to be contaminants only. This MiniReview is designed to summarize current evidence on the clinical significance of Dietzia species, to consider their potential role as human pathogens, and to outline approaches that can be used to accurately classify and identify members of the genus, with the overall aim of alerting the medical microbiological community to a little known genus that contains clinically significant organisms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: emerging pathogen, opportunistic pathogen, actinomycetes, mycolic acids
Subjects: A100 Pre-clinical Medicine
C700 Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2009 12:00
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 18:25

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