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Mycoplasmas and their host: emerging and re-emerging minimal pathogens.

Abstract : Commonly known as mycoplasmas, bacteria of the class Mollicutes include the smallest and simplest life forms capable of self replication outside of a host. Yet, this minimalism hides major human and animal pathogens whose prevalence and occurrence have long been underestimated. Owing to advances in sequencing methods, large data sets have become available for a number of mycoplasma species and strains, providing new diagnostic approaches, typing strategies, and means for comprehensive studies. A broader picture is thus emerging in which mycoplasmas are successful pathogens having evolved a number of mechanisms and strategies for surviving hostile environments and adapting to new niches or hosts.
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Christine Citti, Alain Blanchard. Mycoplasmas and their host: emerging and re-emerging minimal pathogens.. Trends in Microbiology, Elsevier, 2013, 21 (4), pp.196-203. ⟨10.1016/j.tim.2013.01.003⟩. ⟨hal-02652714⟩

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