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What are four filamentous bacteria
•! Actinomyces!
•! Nocardia!
•! Dermatophilus!
•! Streptobacillus!
Note: These
organisms are linked
only by the fact that
they form filamentous
growths in vivo.!
Genetically distinct.!
Are Actinomyces gram+/-?
Gram +
Are Actinomyces aerobic or anaerobic?

What tissue are they adapted to?

Actinomyces spp. are highly adapted to _mucosal_
surfaces- do not commonly produce disease unless they
transgress the mucosal barrier and are deposited under
conditions of low oxygen tension!
Is Actinomyces endogenous or exogenous? Is it contagious?
No evidence of protective immunity, animal to animal
transmission does not occur.! This is an endogenous infection.
How does Actinomyces establish infections?
Establish infections by means of traumatic entry to an otherwise _sterile_ site. This site becomes anaerobic and the bacterium can grow.
What are the channels that Actinomyces create when they get established?
Once established they can proceed through tissues by means of
histolytic enzymes that allow the organism to extend without
regard to anatomical boundaries. Form __sinus tracts_- channels of
dead tissues that contain pus and often open to the surface.!
How do you diagnose Actinomyces?
diagnostic trait: _sulfur granules__: hard microcolonies !
(about 0.3 mm) found deep in a purulent sinus tract. !
What bacteria causes bovine lumpy jaw?
Bovine lumpy jaw- chronic infection of jaw
resulting from oral A. bovis.!
–! Long term, sinus tracts, tooth loss, bone
disfigurement. (similar to human cervicofacial
What does Actinomyces cause in horses, dogs, cats, pigs?
_Abscess__ formation in horses, dogs, cats,
•! Pigs: mastitis, pneumonia, abortion.
Lumpy jaw does what to bone?
Caused by Actinomyces

Causes suppurative and proliferative _osteomyelitis__!

Honeycomb effect of bone damage
What does cervicofacial actinomyces result in?
cervicofacial- common with poor oral hygiene -
periodontal disease- and tooth extraction. Lesions in the
jaw give the face a swollen, indurated appearance.!
What does thoracic actinomyces result in?

What is it associated with?
Thoracic- disease in the lungs. abscess formation can
occur. Often associated with _aspiration__ of a lung- oral
bacteria establish residence in the normally sterile site.
What does abdominal actinomyces result in?
Abdominal- surgery or trauma in the __bowel__. Also from
diverticulitis. Can eventually involve every organ
What does pelvic actinomyces result in?
Pelvic- 2° manifestation of abdominal actinomycoses, or
primary in the case of an intrauterine device. Can be a
simple vaginosis (note: no crossing of mucosal membrane)
but also can involve more serious destruction- including
tuboovarian abscesses and uretal obstruction. !
What does CNS actinomyces result in?
Central nervous system- secondary spread from another
infectious site. Commonly a solitary brain abscess.!
How can you treat Actinomyces infections?
Antibiotics: high doses of penicillin may be required for
long periods. !
May also require surgical debridement.!
How do foxtail awns relate to actinomyces infections?
When dog owners talk about "foxtails," they
are actually speaking of the seed portion of
the foxtail grass. Once foxtail grasses dry
out, the seed detaches easily and sticks
readily to clothing and fur. Foxtail seeds can
enter a dog's body in a variety of ways and
once they enter, they are like a fish hook:
The seed only wants to move forward, not
backward. It's most common for a foxtail
seed to enter a dog's body through the skin,
nose, ears, paws, and eyes. Cases have even
been reported of foxtails being lodged in
male dogs' urethras. One vet mentioned
how a foxtail seed found in a dog's lung
was believed to have entered initially
through the dog's paw! Foxtail seeds are

Certain species of actinomyces use these plants
to traverse within the body- then cause purulent
How is Nocardia different from Actinomyces?
Nocardia- similar to actinomyces, just _aerobic__ instead of
Gram stains appear identical. But- no __sulfur granules__.!

Is an acid fast organism, actinomyces isn't.
What are the characteristics of Nocardia?

What kinds of hosts does it prefer?

What are modes of transmission
Aerobic, saprophytic, gram positive, partially_acid fast__.

Many different mammals, fish, molluscs (?).!
Soil organism.!
Infection via inhalation,!
trauma, ingestion.!
What kind of substance is Nocardia's cell envelope made of? What is the signifigance?
Mycolic acid-based cell envelope"
Corynebacterium, Arcanobacterium (?),
Rhodococcus, Mycobacterium!

Makes them acid fast.
What kind of fatty acids are associated with Nocardia?
Characteristic long chain fatty acids termed mycolic acids.
For Corynebacteria, chains of _20-40__ carbons
For Nocardia, chains of 40-56 carbons
For Mycobacteria, chains of ___didn't get it_ carbons

These are all acid fast
What are key differences between Nocardia and Actinomyces?

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Key differences between Nocardia and Actinomyces:!
Acid fastness- Nocardia is, Actinomyces is not.!
Nocardia is an aerobe, Actinomyces is anaerobic, capnophilic.!
Nocardia grows on Sabaroud dextrose medium, Actinomyces does
Actinomyces is sensitive to penicillin, Nocardia is not.!
Nocardia is an_environmental_ organism, Actinomyces is a __mucosal_
What are the characteristics of bovine nocardial mastitis?

Is it fatal?

What kind of exudate does it cause?
Bovine nocardial mastitis- usually associated
with poor hygiene/milking practices. Pathogen is
directly introduced into teat canal with
contaminated instruments or fluids. Chronic, !
granulomatous- can lead to sinus tracts. !
Can be fatal via trauma (rupture of udder) or
during acute dissemination.!
If disseminated: causes suppurative,
granulomatous lesions.!
Unless caught early, antibiotics may not be
Bovine Farcy- limited to tropics. Systemic
suppurative infections that traffic through
lymphatics. N. farcinus!
What other organism does Actinomyces look like in gram stains?

Both gram +
What is dermatophils congolensis?

What is key to the infection?

highly infectious organism- infects many species.
Aerobic, causes disease of dermal surfaces. Often insect-borne. Worldwide, but more problematic in tropics.
-Attacks areas of damaged skin- _moisture_ is
-Back and pasterns: most common areas of infection in horses. Lesions are found on head, neck or back. Rain scald or rain rot: (figure 37.4)
-Lumpy wool, strawberry footrot: sheep
-In general- diseases manifest as a chronic __exudative dermatitis__ with scab formation.
-Infection is confined to the dermal layers- in moist environs, and the infection causes exudation that feeds the system.
What happens if dermaphilosis is left untreated?

how can you treat this disease?

Do insects serve as a resevoir for the pathogen?
If left untreated, a mud fever infection will spread up the legs.
The legs will swell and be intensely sore. The horse may
become lame. Infections in other areas will cause inflammation,
soreness and hair loss, severe infections may abcess.
Bacteria removed with antiseptics. Beta lactams also can be
Best way to treat is to keep damaged areas dry- systemic
antibiotics can work- but keep animals dry if possible.
Address biting insect issues.
Do the insects serve as reservoir (as opposed to simply a
vector) for pathogen? Not known. Organism likely grows in
Does dermatophilosis cause microcolonies?

In what species does in occur?

Organisms will form filaments in vivo- individual organisms can break off and start new microcolonies.

Dermatophilus is Worldwide, mainly tropics. Many different host species- rarely dogs, cats, pigs. Moisture is key!!
What fever is streptobacillus moniliformis?

What kind of infection does it cause in different species?

Where is it commensal?

Is it zoonotic?
Streptobacillus moniliformis-!
“_rat bite_ fever”!
Febrile joint infections in rodents turkeys, humans…?!
Respiratory infections in rodents. !
Commonly acquired from rodent bites. Commensal in rodent
_oral/nasal mucosa_.!
Septiciemias, arthritic conditions- can be fatal.!
In humans- rare- can lead to heart valve problems, death.!
7-10% of diseased humans can die from the infection.!
How does streptobacillus moniliformis stain in gram staining?

Is it an aerobe/anaerobe?
Gram-negative (?) organism!
Grows in chains. Referred to
as “Gram-variable”!
Facultative anaerobe.!