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Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1624:227-236. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-7098-8_17.

Imaging the Cell Cycle of Pathogen E. coli During Growth in Macrophage.

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1
CIRB, Collège de France, UMR CNRS 7241 INSERM U1050, 11 Place Marcelin Berthelot, 75005, Paris, France. gaelle.demarre@college-de-france.fr.
2
CIRB, Collège de France, UMR CNRS 7241 INSERM U1050, 11 Place Marcelin Berthelot, 75005, Paris, France.
3
CIRB, Collège de France, UMR CNRS 7241 INSERM U1050, 11 Place Marcelin Berthelot, 75005, Paris, France. olivier.espeli@college-de-france.fr.

Abstract

The study of the bacterial cell cycle at the single cell level can not only give insights on the fitness of the bacterial population but also reveal heterogeneous behavior. Typically, the DNA replication, the cell division, and the nucleoid conformation are appropriate representatives of the bacterial cell cycle. Because bacteria rapidly adapt their growth rate to environmental changes, the measure of cell cycle parameters gives valuable insights for the study of bacterial stress response or host-pathogen interactions. Here we describe methods to first introduce fluorescent fusion proteins and fluorescent tag within the chromosome of pathogenic bacteria to study these cell cycle steps; then to follow them within macrophages using a confocal spinning disk microscope.

KEYWORDS:

Fluorescence; Microscopy; parS sites

PMID:
28842887
DOI:
10.1007/978-1-4939-7098-8_17
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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