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Biophys J. 1967 Mar;7(2):205-13.

CsCl density gradient centrifugation studies of intact bacterial cells.


Cells of Escherichia coli have been successfully banded in CsCl density gradients and a portion of the population reclaimed in a viable state. Differentiation between two strains of this organism in a CsCl density gradient has been demonstrated also. Several studies were undertaken to see whether differences could be detected between two samples of cells of the same strain which had been subjected to different conditions. The results were as follows: (a) Introduction of a heavy label (5-bromouracil) into the DNA during a 90 minute period did not produce an observable change in cell density. (b) Removal of a required amino acid from the growth medium of an E. coli auxotroph resulted in an increase in both the density and heterogeneity of the cells.

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