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Mitochondrial Dynamics and Activity in Legionella-Infected Cells

  • Ok-Ryul Song
  • Priscille Brodin
  • Carmen BuchrieserEmail author
  • Pedro EscollEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1921)


The study of Legionella pneumophila interactions with host mitochondria during infection has been historically limited by the techniques available to analyze and quantify mitochondrial dynamics and activity in living cells. Recently, new, powerful techniques such as high-content microscopy or mitochondrial respiration assays (Seahorse) have been developed to quantitatively analyze mitochondrial parameters. Here we present state-of-the-art methods adapted to analyze mitochondrial dynamics and activity during Legionella infection of living human primary macrophages.

Key words

Mitochondrial dynamics Legionella pneumophila High-content microscopy Seahorse Mitochondrial respiration assay Mitochondrial fission Mitochondrial morphology MitoTracker dyes Bioenergetics Living-cell assays 



Work in C.B. laboratory is financed by Institut Pasteur and ANR (grant no. ANR-10-LABX-62-IBEID). P.E. is funded by the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM) project DEQ20120323697. P.B. and O.R.S. received financial support from the European Community (ERC-STG INTRACELLTB no. 260901, MM4TB no. 260872), the ANR (grant no. ANR-10-EQPX-04-01), and the Région Nord Pas de Calais (convention no. 12000080). We thank Nathalie Aulner and the Imagopole-CiTech (part of France-BioImaging supported by ANR grant no. ANR-10-INSB-04-01, Conseil de la Region Ile-de-France, FRM), and the Technology Core of the Center for Translational Science (CRT) at Institut Pasteur, for technical support during the setup of the methods presented here.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University Lille, CNRS, Inserm, CHU Lille, Institut Pasteur de Lille, U1019-UMR 8204-CIIL-Center for Infection and Immunity of LilleLilleFrance
  2. 2.Institut Pasteur, Biologie des Bactéries IntracellulairesParisFrance
  3. 3.CNRS UMR 3525ParisFrance
  4. 4.Institut Pasteur, Biologie des Bactéries IntracellulairesParisFrance
  5. 5.CNRS UMR 3525ParisFrance

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