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Quantification of Viable but Non-Culturable Cells of Legionella pneumophila

  • Rosalie S. Braun
  • Nilmini Mendis
  • Laam Li
  • Sebastien P. FaucherEmail author
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Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1921)

Abstract

Legionella pneumophila, among other bacteria, may enter a viable but non-culturable state as a means for survival in stressful conditions. Bacterial cells in the viable but non-culturable state cannot grow on standard medium; however, they continue to exhibit characteristics that are associated with live cells, such as respiration, transcription, and cell wall integrity. The present paper outlines a detailed protocol for the detection of viable but non-culturable L. pneumophila cells via Syto® 9 and propidium iodide staining coupled with flow cytometry.

Key words

Viable but non-culturable state Staining and labeling Flow cytometry Legionella pneumophila 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by Discovery Grant 418289-2012 from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and a John R. Evans Leaders Fund—Funding for research infrastructure from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation to SPF. NM was the recipient of a PhD scholarship from Fond de Recherche du Québec—Nature et Technologie.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosalie S. Braun
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nilmini Mendis
    • 2
  • Laam Li
    • 3
    • 2
  • Sebastien P. Faucher
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.New York University College of DentistryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Department of Natural Resource SciencesMcGill UniversitySte-Anne-de-BellevueCanada
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryCity University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong

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