Chlamydia - and are internalized by susceptible host cells Once inside they reorganize into a replicative form(the reticulate body Over a 24 hour

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Chlamydia ORGANISM: Genus: Chlamydia Species: trachomatis , psittaci GENERAL CONCEPTS: The Chlamydia are obligate intracellular parasites. C. trachomatis is responsible for the diseases trachoma, inclusion conjunctivitis, lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) and nongonococcal urethritis (NGU). In other words, oculourogenital infections. C. psittaci produces systemic diseases including psittacosis, ornithosis and pneumonitis. DISTINCTIVE PROPERTIES: The Chlamydia have an unusual developmental cycle that involves two distinct forms: infectious elementary bodies and intracellular reticulate bodies. Elementary bodies attach
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Unformatted text preview: and are internalized by susceptible host cells. Once inside, they reorganize into a replicative form (the reticulate body). Over a 24 hour period, these reticulate bodies divide and begin to reorganize back into elementary bodies. About 48-72 hours after infection, the cell is lysed and numerous infectious elementary bodies are released. • The genome of Chlamydia is only 25% the size of E. coli , making it one of the smallest prokaryotes. • The pathogenic mechanisms employed by Chlamydia are not well understood....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course BIOLOGY MCB2010 taught by Professor Jessicadigirolamo during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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