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Mycobacterium lepromatosis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinobacteria
Order: Actinomycetales
Suborder: Corynebacterineae
Family: Mycobacteriaceae
Genus: Mycobacterium
Species: M. lepromatosis
Binomial name
Mycobacterium lepromatosis

Mycobacterium lepromatosis is a bacterium that, along with Mycobacterium leprae, causes leprosy (Hansen's disease). It was only recently discovered, in 2008.[1] Analysis of its 16S rRNA gene confirms that the species is distinct from Mycobacterium leprae.[2]


  1. ^ Han, X. Y., Seo, Y. H., Sizer, K. C., Schoberle, T., May, G. S., Spencer, J. S., Li, W., Nair, R. G. "A new Mycobacterium species causing diffuse lepromatous leprosy". Am. J. Clin. Pathol. 2008 Dec;130(6):856-64.
  2. ^ Han, X. Y., Sizer, K. C., Thompson, E. J., Kabanja, J., Li, J., Hu, P., Gómez-Valero, L., Silva, F. J. "Comparative sequence analysis of Mycobacterium leprae and the new leprosy-causing Mycobacterium lepromatosis". J. Bacteriol. 2009 Jul 24.


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