Mycobacterium smegmatis (MSM) is an aerobic, fast growing, non-pathogenic mycobacterium which as many common features with pathogenic mycobacteria. It has the potential to adapt to microaerobiosis by changing from active growth to dormant or latent states. It can be dormant in conditions of low oxygen concentrations and can survive for more than 650 days in the absence of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus. MSM is particularly useful in understanding the cellular processes that are important to pathogenic mycobacteria like MLP, MTB and M. avium subsp. paratuberculosis. This is one of the major reasons why the researchers have including this mycobacterium in the present studies conducted on tuberculosis. For the purpose of their comparisons, we will use the MC2 155 strain of MSM. Mycobacterial Diseases is a scientific journal deals with diseases caused by Mycobacterium species chiefly Tuberculosis, Leprosy and research on remedial methods for these diseases.
Last date updated on June, 2014