A non-invasive fluorescent staining procedure allows Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy based imaging of Mycobacterium in multispecies biofilms colonizing and degrading polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Last updated on 22-8-2019 by Anonymous (not verified)

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To study the micro scale interactions of Mycobacterium with bacteria belonging to other genera by means of Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM), a procedure was developed to non-invasively and fluorescently stain Mycobacterium without compromising the signal produced by commonly used fluorescent reporter genes. The procedure makes use of the commercial non-specific nucleic acid stain Syto62 and was optimized to efficiently stain Mycobacterium cells in suspensions and biofilms. The staining procedure was found non-invasive towards overall cell viability, biofilm architecture and fluores…

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