Chapter 6.1 : Introduction

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The group of bacteria known as “aerobic actinomycetes“ is made up of Gram-positive bacilli delineated by a vast array of heterogeneous and taxonomically divergent genera. A common characteristic of this group is the production of filaments that often branch and have the ability to fragment. Most human pathogen-containing genera in this group are found within the suborder with the genus alone being placed in the suborder ; is probably not closely related to the other aerobic actinomycetes. There are over 40 genera of aerobic actinomycetes but, with a few notable exceptions, most are considered saprophytes or (at most) opportunistic pathogens. The genera and species that are exceptions to this generalization include the complex, , and , which are considered as true pathogens in humans. The genus is dealt with elsewhere in this handbook.

Citation: Leber A. 2016. Introduction, p 6.1.1-6.1.1. In Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818814.ch6.1
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