|| Mycoplasma leachii|
||Genus name: fungus shaped.
Species epithet: named to honour Dr. R. H. Leach, who first characterized this taxon. .
|Significance:|| [Of minor importance]
|Old Species Name(s):||Mycoplasma sp. bovine group 7 of Leach.|
||PG50 = NCTC 10133. |
||Forms small and very typical umbonated colonies ("fried egg appearance), which can be observed in a microscope.
||Very small and pleomorphic. Non-motile.
|Gram +/Gram -:||G-, but is normally not gram stained because the cells will then be fragmented.
||Facultatively anaerobic. Energy source: glucose (pH is decreased).|
|Disease (Swedish):||Polyartrit (ledinflammation i flera leder), mastit (ljuverinflammation), kastning (spontan abort) och pneumoni (lunginflammation).
|Disease (English):||Polyarthritis, mastitis, abortion and pneumonia.|
|16S rRNA Seq.:
|Acc-no||Strain||Number of NT||Operon|
|U26054 ||PG50T ||1524 ||2 |
|About 125 species have been described within the genus Mycoplasma. M. leachii belongs to the so-called mycoides group. These mycoplasmas are more closely related to mollicutes within the genus Spiroplasma, which are plant pathogens, than with most other members of the genus . See the phylogenetic tree.
|Comment:||The mollicutes lack a cell wall and have recently been transferred from the phylum Firmicutes to a new phylum, namely Tenericutes.|