Clostridium tetani

∞ generated and posted on 2016.02.16 ∞

Toxin-producing microbe that stimulates extended bouts of skeletal muscle contraction.

Clostridium tetani is a bacterium that produces an exotoxin that induces what more generally is known as tetanus and less formally as lockjaw, the ongoing, pathological contraction of the voluntary muscles of the body, potentially resulting in tissue damage and even bone breakage as well as fairly high likelihoods of death.

Clostridium tetani is a normally that can be viewed, loosely, as a predator of animals. It is achieves this predation via a combination of infection especially of and subsequent production of the exotoxin, , i.e., tetanus toxin.

, i.e., mortality, is a consequence of complications associated with the resulting and the bacterium gains from this death as a saprophyte, that is, consumer of .

Note that a number of other pathogens are found within genus Clostridium including Clostridium botulinum.

The following video shows a whose has been with tetanospasmin: