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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Selective medium for Pseudomonas cepacia containing 9-chloro-9-(4-diethylaminophenyl)-10-phenylacridan and polymyxin B sulfate.

Contamination of solutions and lotions with Pseudomonas cepacia is a growing concern among health professionals. The identification of P. cepacia usually requires a long series of biochemical tests. In an effort to develop a more direct method, we evaluated plate count agar containing 9-chloro-9-(4-diethylaminophenyl)-10-phenylacridan and polymyxin B sulfate at respective concentrations of 1 and 75 micrograms/ml as a medium for selectively isolating P. cepacia. The medium inhibited the growth of all gram-negative bacilli and gram-positive cocci tested except P. cepacia and Serratia marcescens. These two microorganisms could easily be differentiated by their colony morphology and their reactions in the oxidase test. When nonsterilized water samples were inoculated with P. cepacia and spread or streaked on the selective medium, all P. cepacia organisms were recovered. These results demonstrate the usefulness of 9-chloro-9-(4-diethylaminophenyl)-10-phenylacridan and polymyxin B sulfate in the detection of P. cepacia. We believe that this selective medium could be useful in isolating P. cepacia from mixed bacterial flora that might be present in environmental water and water-related samples, such as solutions and lotions.[1]


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