Lipophilic bacteria

Lipophilic bacteria

Lipophilic bacteria ("fat-liking bacteria") are bacteria that may proliferate in lipids.


They include lipophilic corynebacteria. [ Clinical Microbiology of Coryneform Bacteria] GUIDO FUNKE,1* ALEXANDER VON GRAEVENITZ,1 JILL E. CLARRIDGE III,2 AND KATHRYN A. BERNARD3Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Zu¨rich, Zu¨rich, Switzerland1; Laboratory Service, Veterans AffairsMedical Center, Departments of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston,Texas2; and Special Bacteriology Laboratory, Laboratory Centre for Disease Control, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada3] .

"Propionibacterium acnes" is a type of liphophilic bacteria [ [ Natural Acne Treatments Guide - How to get rid of pimples] ] , releasing fatty acids and worsening comedones.

However, the group of lipophilic bacteria are not pathogenic, i.e. they don't cause food poisoning or food infection [ The Action of Microorganisms on Fats] By L. B. JENSEN and D. P. GRETTIE Swift & Company Laboratories, Chicago, Ill. (Published 1933, so feel free to replace)]

Health risks

Most materials in laboratories and health-care centers have small amounts of lipids on their surface, and thus may support the proliferation of lipophilic bacteria. [ [ Postoperative endophthalmitis.] Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Volume 30, Issue 11, Pages 2441-2444C. Ferrer, J. Ruiz-Moreno, A. Rodríguez, J. Montero, J. Alió] However, since they are not pathogenic, this is not a serous threat.

Lipophilic bacteria may also proliferate in diet fat. However, in modern food industry this is very rare and at worst causes a discoloration of the fat


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