Thanks, Lesley. I'm interested in EDTA because Kazuyama et al. (1997) were
able to increase inclusion body-forming activity of Chlamydia
pneumoniae10,000 fold by use of EDTA or trypsin. I'm interested in EDTA
because it is a common
food additive, and I wonder what effect it has on the growth of C.
pneumoniae in the human body.
Lesley Robertson <l.a.robertson at stm.tudelft.nl> wrote
> Russell Farris <tryggvi at email.msn.com> wrote ..
> > Is EDTA often used in culturing bacteria, and if so, what is it
> used for. Thank you.
> EDTA is often used as a chelator in defined mineral salts media to prevent
> trace elements from forming insoluble precipitates (run a search on
> "Vishniac & Santer" to get an example of such a trace element solution). A
> small number of bacteria can be inhibited by EDTA, even at the
> concentrations used in these media - iron citrate is sometimes another
> option as a chelator, but not if your bugs like to eat citrate as it then
> screws up your carbon balances.
> Lesley Robertson