Product Code TM 581
Brain Heart CC Agar is formulated as per Ajello et al. and McDonough, et al.. This medium is recommended for selective isolation of pathogenic fungi. Chloramphenicol is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which inhibits the growth of wide range of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Cycloheximide inhibits most saprophytic moulds and enhances the isolation of pathogenic fungi.
The medium may be further enriched with 10% sheep blood to isolate systemic fungi that grow poorly on non-enriched medium. Also the addition of Gentamicin, 50 mcg/ml of medium, improves the selectivity. The antibiotics in this medium may inhibit some fungi. The addition of blood makes Brain Heart Infusion CC Agar suitable for the isolation of the tissue phase of Histoplasma capsulatum and other pathogenic fungi, including Coccidioides immitis. While handling Histoplasma capsulatumextreme care should be taken to avoid dissemination of its infective spores. The culture should be examined in a closed filtered air cabinet. Isolation of fungi from contaminated specimens can be done by inoculating selective medium along with nonselective medium and incubated at 25-30?C. For isolation of fungi causing systemic mycoses two sets of media should be inoculated with one set incubated at 23-30?C and a duplicate set at 35-37?C. Examine the plates for at least a week.
for selective isolation and cultivation of fastidious fungi like Histoplasma capsulatum and Blastomyces dermatiditis from samples heavily contaminated with bacteria
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