Mycoplasma

Categorization
Cell Wall Absent Shape: Pleomorphic
Life Cycle: Facultative Anaerobe
Overview
  • Mycoplasma are extremely small organisms which are bound only by an inner lipid membrane (See: Bacterial Cell Wall). Because they lack a rigid peptidoglycan layer, Mycoplasma do not have a particular shape and are thus considered "Pleomorphic".
Treatment
  • Because they do not contain a peptidoglycan layer, beta-lactam antibiotics are useless against Mycoplasma therapeutically. Instead, anti-ribosomal antibiotics such as erythromycin and doxycycline are used.
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