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Species/Subspecies: Mycobacterium leprae
Category: Primarily of interest in human medicin
Etymology: Genus name: small fungus-like rod.
Species epithet: of leprosy.
Significance:  [Very important]   
Taxonomy:
Phylum
Actinobacteria
Class
Actinobacteria
Order
Corynebacteriales
Family
Mycobacteriaceae 
Genus
Mycobacterium
Type Strain: Ej definierad.
Macromorphology (smell):
Micromorphology: Acid-fast rods
Gram +/Gram -:G+ (but difficult to gram stain)
Metabolism: Aerobic
Catalase/Oxidase:
Spec. Char.: Even if M. leprae cannot be cultivated, it is regardes as a slow grower.
Disease:Leprosy
Hosts: Humans
Clinical Picture:
Genome Sequence:
Acc-noStrainSize (bp)Genome
NC_002677 TN 3 268 203  

16S rRNA Seq.:
Acc-noStrainNumber of NTOperon
X55587 Leprosy Tissue Bank 1485 

Taxonomy/phylogeny:
 
About 175 species have been described within genus Mycobacterium and this genus is closely related to Rhodococcus, Nocardia and Corynebacterium.
Comment:There is no type strain defined, because M. leprae cannot be cultivated on artificial media.
Updated:2020-11-05

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