Ureaplasma microbes are one of two important types of bacteria of the bacterial group called Mollicutes. The name Mollicutes – soft skin – reveals the major mutual characteristic of these bacteria which is the lack of a cell wall. This property differentiates them from all other bacteria. In nature, Mollicutes are never found as free-living organisms and have hosts that include humans, animals, plants, and insects. Many can cause serious infections, though many species exist as harmless symbionts.
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This month’s feature created by: Brooke Clemmons
Ureaplasma can be found in the rumen, as well as the reproductive tract. When present in the semen of bulls, it can lead to poor fertility and embryo loss. Photo courtesy: Department of Animal Science, University of Wisconsin
Ureaplasma spp. are commonly found in both humans and many agricultural livestock species, including cattle, chickens, and sheep. However, human Ureaplasma are distinct from those found in livestock species. Photo credit: Tennessee State Fair
Ureaplasma are members of the class Mollicutes, which also include Mycoplasma. Ureasplama are often called Mycoplasma, though they are distinct genera. Photo courtesy: Creative Diagnostics
Although frequently found in the rumen, Ureaplasma spp. do not typically affect the rumen environment. Image Credit: Capoccia, R., Greub, G. and Baud, D. Current opinion in infectious diseases, 2013.