mycobactin


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my·co·bac·tin

(mī'kō-bak'tin),
A complex lipid factor reported to be required for the growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in human plasma; appears to be identical with the lipid factor extracted from M. phlei and essential for the growth of M. johnei.

mycobactin

a substance in some mycobacteria capable of promoting the growth of other mycobacteria; it is capable of extracting ferric ion from the medium which some Mycobacterium spp. are unable to do.
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These results indicate that MAP can grow to a limited extent in routine liquid media without mycobactin supplementation, at least if present in high amounts in the specimen.
tuberculosis sends out small molecules called mycobactins to rip iron out of the human proteins that carry the metal, he says.
Aldrich and his colleagues have focused on one enzyme, called MbtA, that begins the reaction sequence that produces mycobactins.