oxidase test

Peter Steinruecke pstein at imb-jena.de
Fri Mar 3 11:37:08 EST 1995

Chris=Michiels%LMM%AGR at agr.kuleuven.ac.be wrote:
> What is the exact reason why some bacteria with a respiratory chain and
> using oxygen as a terminal electron acceptor are oxidase-negative

cytochrome c using oxidases will give a positive staining, but those
which only use quinoles as substrate do not. Some organisms also have
several terminal oxidases so despite being cyt c oxidase negative 
this must not automatically result in a negative stain. The test is 
not that much specific.

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