MadSci Network: Microbiology

Re: What are the effects of Micrococcus Luteus on the human body.

Date: Tue Nov 23 20:03:26 1999
Posted By: Lynn Bry, MadSci Admin
Area of science: Microbiology
ID: 940595726.Mi

Hi - Micrococcus luteus is a Gram-positive coccus, or a microbe with a single cell membrane and a spherical shape. The bacteria produce striking bright yellow colonies on most types of microbiological media.

It can be found in soil as well as on human skin, as a normal member of our flora. For the most part is causes us no harm. The bacteria can degrade compounds in sweat, and on the skin, into ones producing unpleasant odors ( foot odor, for instance). Rarely, it may also be associated with infections in the blood (sepsis), or endocarditis - an infection of the lining of the heart. Individuals with such infections often have a weakened immune system. M. luteus is not considered pathogen, or "disease-causing" organism of healthy people.

Hope this helps..

Lynn Bry, Admin MadSci Network


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