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Apparently, most clumps were not retained on the glass during the Gram stain procedure Gram,whether fixed to the slide lactophenol cotton blue heat or methanol. The application of lactophenol cotton blue, ordinarily used to visualize fungi by staining cell wall polysaccharides such as chitin, revealed circles and rings consistent with the caramelized residue of polysaccharides, which presumably included capsular polysaccharides and lactophenol cotton blue secreted concomitantly with clump and biofilm formation.

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These dark blue circles and rings could be consistent either with a heterogeneous subpopulation of E. Materials and methods Virtual Colony Count The VCC assay was conducted using the 36 edge wells to detect contamination as originally described Ericksen et al.

Bacterial growth was measured kinetically at nm every 5 minutes over 12 h using a Lactophenol cotton blue Infinite M plate reader set to lactophenol cotton blue 3s orbitally before each read.

Sextuplicate calibration curves were measured at a threshold change in optical density at nm of 0. Measurements were done in triplicate on three separate days.

Parafilm also prevented the visible decrease in edge well volume due to evaporation that originally necessitated excluding these wells from the experimental portion of the assay Ericksen et lactophenol cotton blue.

This evaporation was too slight to affect experimental inoculated wells measurably or affect the linearity of the calibration curve. After the end of the hour outgrowth phase of the VCC procedure, 96 well lactophenol cotton blue were cooled to room temperature.


Colonies were analyzed by morphology, wet mounts, Gram lactophenol cotton blue, and biochemical analysis using Becton Dickinson Enteropluri Product Number Water content and temperature may be important factors for the caramelization process to be quantitatively reproducible.

Smear preparations originating from colonies were not tested. The slides were heat-fixed by placing the sample at the point in space at the upper tip of the inner blue flame of a Bunsen burner three times for one second each, removing the slide for one second in between Figure 1.

The slides were stained with Fluka Analytical Gram Staining Kit Product Number and again equilibrated to ambient humidity overnight in lactophenol cotton blue vertical position.

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Black pixels were enumerated using the histogram function. Results Clumps were observed in E.

A 1 mL uncovered sample placed in a cuvette and cooled to room temperature rapidly formed small macroscopic clumps up to about 1 mm in diametersome of which exhibited motility, swimming in a synchronized wave downward to form a single large macroscopic clump up to 1 cm long, equal to the cuvette width at the base of the cuvette.

The optical density readings declined so rapidly that only the first two digits of the four reported by the Waters detector could be recorded. Observing cuvettes containing such clumps, it was apparent that cohesion, rather than adhesion, was more important, since the clumps moved downward from one corner to the other corner of the cuvette as it was rotated by hand.

Remediation of clumping and use of an open cuvette as a biosensor Macroscopic clumping in the batch culture or cuvette outside the detector was no longer observed after four changes: Even lactophenol cotton blue these remediation measures, uncovered 1 mL samples placed in the detector for 2 hours formed a macroscopic clump at the base of the cuvette accompanied by a decrease lactophenol cotton blue optical density, suggesting that at least one clumping environmental factor CEF was concentrated by the fan and filter within detector acting as a dust trap.

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Thus, 1 mL samples of E. Cell clumping accompanied cross-contamination in Lactophenol cotton blue edge wells The UMB VCC procedure was sensitive to cross-contamination in the 36 uninoculated edge wells, possibly indicating that clumping affects the particle size distribution and adhesive properties of the cells, which in turn promotes aerosol formation during pipetting Ericksen, b.

Blue rings indicate the polysaccharide residue of clumps of cells presumably lactophenol cotton blue from the slides during the Gram stain procedure. These polysaccharides were invisible when inspected after Gram staining and before application of lactophenol cotton blue.

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Other experiments produced smaller dark blue filled-in circles rather than rings. A large majority of black pixels are contained within the polysaccharide rings. The Blue Gram Stain reveals polysaccharides that are invisible after Gram staining alone The lactophenol cotton blue Gram stain BGS revealed ubiquitous circular or ring-shaped structures that stained dark blue Figure 2A.

The Gram Stain kit and lactophenol lactophenol cotton blue blue stain droppers produced dark staining as is without lactophenol cotton blue need for further method development.

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All lactophenol cotton blue stained light blue because all cells are glycosylated and concentrate polysaccharides from the media as part of their metabolism.

Rare regions of indistinct blue staining were also observed, probably resulting from starch and lactophenol cotton blue polysaccharides present in MHB, suggesting that the intensity of blue staining could also arise from carbohydrates other than capsular polysaccharides.


Carbohydrates, which must have included Maillard reaction Maillard, and caramelization products, adhered to the glass in the intense heat of the fixation steps and endured on the slide throughout the Gram stain procedure.

These lactophenol cotton blue residues had been invisible when these same slides were observed after Gram staining and before application of lactophenol cotton blue.

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