Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 119, Issue 3, pp 245–248

Attempts to grow bdellovibrios micurgically-injected into animal cells

  • Richard W. Lenz
  • Robert B. Hespell

DOI: 10.1007/BF00405402

Cite this article as:
Lenz, R.W. & Hespell, R.B. Arch. Microbiol. (1978) 119: 245. doi:10.1007/BF00405402


Incubation in buffer of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus 109J, B. stolpii UKi2, or B. starrii A3.12 with washed eucaryotic animal cells (mouse liver, hamster kidney, or bovine mammary gland) resulted in neither attachment nor growth of the bdellovibrios. When cells of these bdellovibrio strains were incubated with erythrocyte suspensions (bovine or rabbit) a very low level of bdellovibrio attachment and penetration occurred, but no growth could be detected. Using micurgical procedures, bdellovibrios were injected into the perivetelline space or the cytoplasm of rabbit ova. After 18–24h incubation, neither a significant loss nor increase of injected, intracellular bdellovibrios was observed. Limited axenic growth of bdellovibrios (109J or UKi2) occurred in media containing rabbit ova extracts and dilute nutrient broth. It is concluded that eucaryotic rabbit ova do not provide a suitable environment for intracellular bdellovibrio growth.

Key words

BdellovibrioMicurgyRabbit ovaMammalian ovaIntracellular growth

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© Springer-Verlag 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard W. Lenz
    • 1
  • Robert B. Hespell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Dairy ScienceUniversity of IllinoisUrbana-ChampaignUSA