alcohol in antibiotic solutions?

Dr. Hiranya S. Roychowdhury hroychow at
Tue Oct 31 23:43:59 EST 2000

Microbicidal conc. of etoh is 40-70%. 
By your admission, the conc. of etoh in the medium would be 0.01%. At even
room temp, 25uL etoh should not take long to evaporate off the medium.

BTW, could you please illuminate me about the "molarity" of 200proof EtOH?
May be then I will get the "50mM" figure for etoh in the medium. 

Also, I was wondering what would happen if I had just 100uL of the 20mg/mL
soln of Cm in EtOH? Should I still be adding 25uL to 10mL of LB? Should I
add 2.5uL to 1mL of LB? Should I make up 900uL of the 20mg/mL soln of Cm in
EtOH to bring the volume of the antibiotic stock solution to 1mL? It is
rather confusing ...

At 09:49 PM 10/30/00 -0600, Emir wrote:
>Let's just calculate. Say, you have 1 ml of 20mg/ml soln of Cm in EtOH. You
>add 25ul of that soln to 10ml of LB to make up to 50ug/ml Cm. Your finally
>EtOH concentration in the medium is ~50mM then. How miniscule it is? 2g/l of
>glucose for example is just about 10mM. The only good thing about it is that
>to my understanding E.coli cannot utilize EtOH when grown aerobically.
>Still, the presence of 50mM alcohol should have a certain effect on, say,
>the length of the lag phase when you re-inoculate your o/n culture into
>fresh LB-antibiotic medium.

Dr. Hiranya Sankar Roychowdhury
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