Product Code TM 100
Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis in man, is carried in airborne particles known as droplet nuclei that are generated when patients with pulmonary tuberculosis cough. Infections occur when a susceptible person inhales the droplet nuclei containing the bacterium. Mycobacteria are generally isolated on medium containing either coagulated egg as base or on media containing agar. Middlebrook and Dubos media contain agar whereas Lowenstein media contain egg. The advantage of using agar is that accompanying contaminating proteolytic organisms does not liquefy the medium. Agar medium are generally recommended for testing samples obtained from non-sterile sites. Agar containing media can be made selective by the addition of antibiotics since the media are solidified by addition of agar and not by inspissation as against egg containing media. Dubos and Middlebrook recommended Dubos Oleic Broth Base for the primary isolation and subsequent cultivation of the tubercle bacilli. On comparative studies of various media, Dubos Oleic Agar Base was found to be superior to other media for the primary isolation of the bacterium.
for cultivation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
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