Mycobacterium immunogenum

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Mycobacterium immunogenum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinobacteria
Order: Actinomycetales
Suborder: Corynebacterineae
Family: Mycobacteriaceae
Genus: Mycobacterium
Species: M. immunogenum
Binomial name
Mycobacterium immunogenum
Wilson et al. 2001,[1] ATCC 700505

Mycobacterium immunogenum is a species of the phylum actinobacteria (Gram-positive bacteria with high guanine and cytosine content, one of the dominant phyla of all bacteria), belonging to the genus mycobacterium.

These non-tuberculous mycobacteria are sometimes found in fouling water-based cutting fluids, often causing hypersensitivity pneumonitis to the machinists in the affected grinding plants.[2]

Type strain[edit]

Strain BH29 = MC 779 = ATCC 700505 = CCUG 47286 = CIP 106684


  1. ^ Wilson, RW; Steingrube, VA; Böttger, EC; Springer, B; Brown-Elliott, BA; Vincent, V; Jost Jr, KC; Zhang, Y et al. (2001). "Mycobacterium immunogenum sp. Nov., a novel species related to Mycobacterium abscessus and associated with clinical disease, pseudo-outbreaks and contaminated metalworking fluids: an international cooperative study on mycobacterial taxonomy". International journal of systematic and evolutionary microbiology 51 (Pt 5): 1751–64. doi:10.1099/00207713-51-5-1751. PMID 11594606. 
  2. ^ Wallace, R. J.; Zhang, Y.; Wilson, R. W.; Mann, L.; Rossmoore, H. (2002). "Presence of a Single Genotype of the Newly Described Species Mycobacterium immunogenum in Industrial Metalworking Fluids Associated with Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis". Applied and Environmental Microbiology 68 (11): 5580–4. doi:10.1128/AEM.68.11.5580-5584.2002. PMC 129929. PMID 12406752.