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

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Roland Koerner, Professor Michael Goodfellow, Amanda Jones

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Abstract

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.


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Author(s): Koerner RJ, Goodfellow M, Jones AL

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology

Year: 2009

Volume: 55

Issue: 3

Pages: 296-305

ISSN (print): 0928-8244

ISSN (electronic): 1574-695X

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-695X.2008.00513.x

DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-695X.2008.00513.x


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