Mycoplasma cloacale Bradbury and Forrest
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PROCEDURES FOR PROPAGATING MOLLICUTES:
a) Open the vial according to the enclosed instructions.
b) Using a Pasteur or 1.0 ml pipette, withdraw
approximately 0.5 to 1.0 ml from a tube containing
5.0 ml. Rehydrate the entire pellet.
c) Aseptically transfer this aliquot back into the tube. Mix well.
d) Make serial dilutions by transferring 0.5 ml from the
original tube to a tube containing 4.5 ml. Repeat process by transferring 0.5 ml from the second to a third tube, etc. Dilutions are important, not only for titration purposes, but also to keep culture in varying stages of growth. Many strains will die out rapidly once acid or alkaline conditions are reached. It is recommended to prepare several dilutions from the initial tube as the cryoprotectant used in the freeze‑drying process often inhibits growth.
e) Use an uninoculated tube of broth to serve as a control.
f) Plates may be inoculated to check colonial morphology. You can also spot each dilution on the surface of plate (4 or more/plate) to determine the number of colony-forming units. However, not all strains do well on solid medium.
g) Incubate all tubes and plates under the recommended conditions and appropriate temperature. The time necessary for growth will vary from strain to strain. Growth on plates generally requires additional incubation.
h) Depending on the medium used, growth will be indicated by increased turbidity, a color change, or both.
2. Tubes are incubated aerobically, plates are incubated under 5% CO2 or in a candle jar. The incubation temperature is 37oC.
3. This strain will start to show slight turbidity in the first few dilution tubes in 24 hours. Additional incubation will be required for growth on solid agar (see notes).
4. For long term storage of Mycoplasma strains, freeze‑drying or freezing is recommended. Liquid nitrogen storage is the best method. Optimally grown cells are centrifuged at 9000 rpm for 30 minutes, the supernatant poured off, and the packed cells resuspended in a smaller amount of #1210 broth. To this, add an equal amount of sterile 20% glycerol as a cryoprotectant. This suspension is aliquoted into small plastic vials and stored at ‑70oC or below.
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Bradbury JM, Forrest M. Mycoplasma cloacale, a new species isolated from a turkey. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol. 34: 389-392, 1984.