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Is the mycoplasma that infects cell culture dangerous to humans?

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#1 Ahrenhase



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Posted 22 July 2015 - 07:39 PM

I understand there are different strains/species of mycoplasma that infect cell culture, but in my reading of them there are no warnings of how dangerous they are to humans.  

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 01:35 AM

There is some danger to humans, but it is fairly limited. The most significant infections are caused by 4 species (Mycoplasma spp. pneumoniae, hominis, genitalium and Ureaplasma sp.), of which M. pneumoniae is the most common and significant - you can guess the infection from the name... They usually reside in the mucosa and don't normally invade the submucosa unless immunosuppressed.


I am sure it has happened, but it I have never heard of anyone getting infected from cell culture - as far as I know, the most common sources are swimming pools, hospitals, and similar environments. 

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