A simple viability-maintaining method produces homogenic cell suspensions of autoaggregating wild-type Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans
2007 (English)In: Journal of Microbiological Methods, ISSN 0167-7012, Vol. 68, no 1, 46-51 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Tenacious adherence and autoaggregation of wild-type Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans strains jeopardize reliability of determined cell concentrations, e.g. for studies on bacteria-host interactions. We first compared the efficacy of two methods, an indirect and a direct method, for homogenizing cell suspensions of a wild-type, autoaggregating (SA269) strain and of a non-autoaggregating laboratory variant (ATCC 43718) used as a reference. Since the direct method left visible clumps in SA269 suspension, only the indirect method was further tested. In serial dilutions of the homogenized cell suspensions of strains SA269 and ATCC 43718, the OD(600) values (R(2)=0.99, R(2)=0.99, respectively) and protein concentrations (R(2)=0.93, R(2)=0.95, respectively) correlated significantly (all P<0.002) with the dilution factor. There were no differences (P>0.05) in the bacterial viable counts between the two strains or between suspending solutions, i.e., PBS and water, the cell concentrations demonstrating 1x10(9) cells/ml at OD(600)=1. Repeated microscopic cell counts did not differ (P>0.05) from each other. Large aggregates occurred as 1% of cell units counted. Dispersing bacterial mass indirectly to solution leads to homogeneous cell suspensions with repeatable cell concentrations. Viability of A. actinomycetemcomitans was also maintained when cells were suspended in water.
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2007. Vol. 68, no 1, 46-51 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12977DOI: 10.1016/j.mimet.2006.06.004PubMedID: 16904783OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-12977DiVA: diva2:152648