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Anuchin A.M.,RAS A.N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry | Goncharenko A.V.,RAS A.N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry | Galon I.V.,RAS A.N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry | Demidenok O.I.,RAS A.N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry | And 4 more authors.
Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology | Year: 2010

The new model of obtaining of ovoid resting forms of Mycobacterium smegmatis, which are morphologically different from vegetative (rod-like) cells, was developed. Ovoid forms were characterized by a drastically decreased level of metabolic activity, an increased stability to heat or antibiotics treatment, and also by prolonged (more than 2 months) storage time preserving colony-forming ability. Obtained resting forms of micobacteria may be used in test-systems for checking efficiency of new medical agents against latent forms of tuberculosis and determination of role of the genes in entering dormant state. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2010. Source

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