Is toxin production by coryneform bacteria linked to their ability to utilize hydrocarbons?

G. M. Stephens, H. Dalton

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    Hydrocarbon utilization is extremely common among the Corynebacterium-Mycobacterium-Nocardia (CMN) complex, even among potentially pathogenic members of this group. Bacteria from the CMN complex are distinguishable from other bacteria by their ability to produce mycolic acids, which are waxy substances found in the cell wall and a component of the toxin (cord factor) produced by these organisms. This article discusses the role of these compounds in the hydrocarbon utilization ability of CMN complex bacteria. The features which may account for the predisposition of CMN complex bacteria towards n-alkane utilization are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5-7
    Number of pages2
    JournalTrends in Biotechnology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1987


    • Toxins Role: FORM (Formation, nonpreparative) (formation of, by coryneform bacteria, hydrocarbon metab. in relation to)
    • Hydrocarbons Role: BPR (Biological process), BSU (Biological study, unclassified), BIOL (Biological study), PROC (Process) (metab. of, by coryneform bacteria, toxin formation in relation to)
    • Bacteria (coryneform, hydrocarbon metab. and toxin formation in)
    • review coryneform bacteria hydrocarbon metab toxin


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