REFERENCES
1. Alexandru Rafila: Medii de cultura, medii de transport si conservare. In Dumitru Buiuc, Marian Negut: Tratat de microbiologie clinica
ed. III, 2009, 1045-1100.
2. H. Raducanescu, V. Bica-Popii,1986. Bacteriologie veterinara. Medii de baza de ovalbumina, p. 324-325, Ed. Ceres, Bucuresti.
3. Sigma Aldrich. L3910 Lowenstein Jensen medium base -  technical data.
COMPOSITION
Potato starch / potato flour 30.0 g, L-asparagine 3.6 g, KH
2PO4  2.4 g; MgSO4  *
7H
2O, 0.24 g; magnesium citrate 0.6 g, glycerol 12 ml.

Dissolve the salts and asparagine in water. Add glycerol and potato flour and keep
in a boiling water bath with continuous stirring until it reaches a pasty consistency.
Cool to 56 ºC in a water bath and keep the mixture at this temperature for one hour.

Prepare malachite green solution 2 g in 100 ml distilled water. Autoclave at 121 ºC
for 20 min.

Prepare egg suspension from 20-22 fresh chicken eggs to obtain one liter of
suspension. Sterilize the eggs surface, harvest the yolks and egg whites then mix
them vigorously.

Final medium: use salts & potato starch solution 600 ml, malachite green solution
20 ml, and egg suspension 1000 ml. Homogenize them then filter the mixture
aseptically through several layers of gauze.

Distribute the medium in tubes (6-8 ml / tube). Heat to 85 ºC for 50 minutes in a
declive position to create a slant. When heated, the egg albumin coagulates,
providing a solid surface for inoculation.

QUALITY CONTROL
Mycobacterium tuberculosis ATCC 25618 - good growth,
Mycobacterium kansasii ATCC 12478 - good growth,
Mycobacterium gordonae ATCC 14470 - good growth,
Mycobacterium avium ATCC 25291 - good growth,
Mycobacterium smegmatis ATCC 14468 - good growth.
DESCRIPTION
solid egg-based medium used for the isolation and cultivation of Mycobacterium
species.


PRINCIPLE
L-asparagine and potato flour are sources of nitrogen and vitamins. Monopotassium
phosphate and magnesium sulfate act as buffers and support growth. Malachite
green prevents the growth of most contaminants that survive decontamination of the
inoculum, while encouraging the growth of mycobacteria. The egg suspension
provides fatty acid and proteins necessary for the metabolism of mycobacteria and
the solid  state of medium when coagulated.
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