J Bacteriol 2018 Feb 26. Epub 2018 Feb 26.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) include species that colonize human epithelia, as well as species that are ubiquitous in soil and aquatic environments. NTM that primarily inhabit soil and aquatic environments include the complex (MAC, and ) and the complex (MABSC, subspecies , , and ), and can be free-living, biofilm-associated, or amoeba-associated. Although NTM are rarely pathogenic in immunocompetent individuals, those who are immunocompromised - due to either an inherited or acquired immunodeficiency - are highly susceptible to NTM infection (NTMI). Read More