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Ureaplasma urealyticum is a bacterium belonging to the family Mycoplasmataceae. Its type strain is T960.

Ureaplasma urealyticum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Division: Firmicutes
Class: Mollicutes
Order: Mycoplasmatales
Family: Mycoplasmataceae
Genus: Ureaplasma
Species: U. urealyticum
Binomial name
Ureaplasma urealyticum
Shepard et al., 1974

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ClassificationEdit

The six recognised Ureaplasma species have a GC content of 27–30%, and a genome size ranging from 0.76 to 1.17 Mbase pairs, and cholesterol is required for growth.[1] A defining characteristic of the genus is that they perform urea hydrolysis. Some strains originally classified as U. urealyticum should be treated as a new species, U. parvum.[2]

Clinical relevanceEdit

U. urealyticum has been isolated in those with urogenital diseases. Infection can occur in extragenital sites.[2]

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