Mycoplasmas are relatively fragile, grow in acellular cultures in the presence of various growth factors and at a constant temperature of 35 to 37 °C.
Mycoplasmas are also very labile and difficult to identify. UMMt is able to deal with sample stability to eliminate the risk of false positive and negative results.
Before being placed into culture, the mycoplasmas are extremely sensitive to their storage and transport conditions. Therefore, it is usually recommended that analysis should be carried out immediately or alternatively, that the sample should be preserved for a limited period of time and under conditions that are defined by the manufacturer.
Freezing makes it possible to preserve the mycoplasmas for a long period. The method that best protects the mycoplasmas is freezing at a temperature of -70°C. However, this method is not easily adapted to use in medical analysis laboratories. However, a storage temperature of -20°C, in a suitable preservation medium, is sufficient for sample preservation that does not exceed 72 hours. The increased preservation time afforded by “MYCOPLASMA Stabilizer” means that laboratories, if required, can conduct diagnosis of urogenital mycoplasma up to 3 days after the clinical collection of the sample.
The “MYCOPLASMA Stabilizer” reagent prolongs the storage time of the mycoplasmas after freezing at – 20°C (+/- 2°C) in UMMt media. The reagent is a complement for the UMMt RevolutioN media. One vial allows the storage of approximately 50 specimens.