synchronous growth of E. coli

John W. Patching John.Patching at UCG.IE
Mon Jan 9 04:26:08 EST 1995

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>Subject: Re: synchronous growth of E. coli
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>In article <78932379934n12 at>,
>Chris=3DMichiels%LMM%AGR at says:
>>I read in a microbiology textbook that synchronous growth can be=
 the result of
>>temperature changes, nutrient limitation and other manipulations.
>>Could someone tell me how synchronization is generally achieved=
 for E. coli,
>>and how it can be easily monitored?
>>Is it possible that just diluting an overnight E. coli broth culture=
 grown at
>>into fresh medium at 30=83C is sufficient for a few synchronized=
>You can not synchronize E.coli by subculturing them.=20
>One of the best ways is to set up a chemostat and adjust the doubling=
>of the culture so that to adjust the growth rate. There are lots=
>references out there about setting up chemostats.
>Another way is to work with a temperature sensitive mutant (that=
 is not
>a lethal mutation). Raise the temprature to that point to stop growth
>then shift the temperature down to normal (say 37). this would provise
>synchrony for a while.
>Good Luck
Whilst you can do many things with chemostat cultures, I am afraid=
they cannot be used to produce synchronous growth in the way that=
suggested here.

John W. Patching
The Martin Ryan Marine Science Institute
University College Galway, Ireland

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