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Chlamydia: Overview

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Chlamydia overview 

  • Characteristics
    • Gram negative
      • Does not stain well on gram stain due to its intracellular nature
    • Obligate intracellular organism
    • Exists in 2 forms
      • Elementary body
        • Small, dense form
        • Extracellular
          • Infectious form
          • attaches to and invades cells
      • Reticular body
        • Large inclusion body
        • Intracellular
          • Replicates in cell to form and release elementary bodies