Interference reflection microscopy shows novel insights to bacterial gliding motility

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The gliding motility of the Δ-proteobacterium, Myxococcus xanthus is used to facilitate either social or adventurous motility depending on the availability of nutrients in their environment. The size of bacteria limits our ability to use sectioning microscopy techniques, and so most studies on gliding motility use fluorescence-based techniques to focus on lateral (x, y) dynamics. We aim to use interference reflection microscopy (IRM) to visualise the axial motility dynamics in gliding cells to better understand their underlying gliding motility mechanisms.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2018
Event18th European Light Microscopy Initiative Meeting 2018 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 5 Jun 20188 Jun 2018
Conference number: 18th


Conference18th European Light Microscopy Initiative Meeting 2018
Abbreviated titleELMI 2018
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  • myxococcus xanthus
  • biomedical imaging
  • microbiology

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