, Volume 159, Issue 3, pp 361–368 | Cite as

Characterization of clinical isolates of pathogenic Nocardia strains and related actinomycetes in Thailand from 1996 to 2003

  • Natteewan Poonwan
  • Nanthawan Mekha
  • Katsukiyo Yazawa
  • Sudaluck Thunyaharn
  • Ademar Yamanaka
  • Yuzuru Mikami


In Thailand from 1996 to 2003, 171 strains of pathogenic aerobic actinomycetes from clinical specimens were isolated. Of those strains, 134 were mycolic acid containing actinomycetes, including 96 strains of Nocardia species. Others included 10 strains of Gordonia, 14 strains of Rhodococcus, and 22 strains of Mycobacterium. One strain each of the genera Tsukamurella and Corynebacterium were also isolated. Also identified were 27 strains of non-mycolic acid containing actinomycetes. Our identification studies of 96 strains of Nocardia species showed that significant pathogens in Thailand were N. beijingensis (18 strains), N. cyriacigeorgica (13 strains), and N. farcinica (34 strains); the most prevalent species was N. farcinica (35.4%). We also isolated four strains of N. asiatica, five strains of N. asteroides sensu stricto, four strains of N. nova, seven strains of N. otitidiscaviarum, eight strains of N. transvalensis, and two strains of N. pseudobrasiliensis.

Key words

clinical sample isolation and identification Nocardia pathogenic actinomycetes Thailand 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natteewan Poonwan
    • 1
  • Nanthawan Mekha
    • 1
  • Katsukiyo Yazawa
    • 2
  • Sudaluck Thunyaharn
    • 3
  • Ademar Yamanaka
    • 4
  • Yuzuru Mikami
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of HealthDepartment of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public HealthNonthaburiThailand
  2. 2.Research Center for Pathogenic Fungi and Microbial ToxicosesChiba UniversityChibaJapan
  3. 3.Department of Clinical PathologyPramongkutklao Army HospitalBangkokThailand
  4. 4.Department of Medical ScienceState University of CampinasSao PauloBrazil

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