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MRSA Agar Base (Powder)


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MRSA Agar is used for the determination of methicillin-resistant and oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It was developed to detect the presence of the mecA gene (classic resistance) in S. aureus.
Catalog #M4691
MRSA Agar Base is composed of Mueller Hinton Agar and Sodium Chloride. Mueller Hinton Agar is made up of Beef Extract and Acid Hydrolysate of Casein, providing nitrogen, vitamins, carbon, and amino acids. Starch is added to absorb any toxic metabolites produced. Agar is the solidifying agent. The high concentration of Sodium Chloride enhances growth of S. aureus. Oxacillin is added to determine if the particular strain of S. aureus is oxacillin resistant.
Appearance Homogenous, free-flowing, beige
Prepared Appearance Prepared medium is hazy and yellow-beige.
Expected Cultural Response Without Oxacillin With Oxacillin
S. aureus ATCC 25923 (susceptible) Growth No growth
S. aureus ATCC 43300 (resistant) Growth No growth
Test Procedure
Inoculate MRSA Agar plates with 10 mcl of a 1100 dilution of a 0.5 MacFarland standardized suspension of the strain of S. aureus to be tested. Incubate plates for 24 hours at 35°C and examine for any evidence of growth.
The presence of growth indicates oxacillin and methicillin resistance. Lack of growth indicates that the strain lacks the mecA resistance gene.
Important NoteThis product as supplied is intended for research use only, not for use in human, therapeutic or diagnostic applications without the expressed written authorization of United States Biological.
Alternate namesMethicillin Resist. Staphylococcus

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