E-MEXP-3511 - Transcription profiling by array of Escherichia coli to study the persister phenotype
Released on 13 October 2013, last updated on 3 June 2014
When bacteria are challenged with antimicrobials, small numbers of cells may survive treatment. These so-called persister cells are not mutants, but are a set of phenotypic variants which, after re-growth exhibit the same susceptibility properties as their progenitor populations. The presence of persisters may determine the effective therapeutic dose of antibiotics and account for the intractability of biofilm-related infections. In the current investigation, Escherichia coli persister cells were isolated without prior exposure to antimicrobials, using fluorescence-assisted cell sorting of a strain, labelled with a chromosomal green fluorescent protein marker. Levels of persistence were inversely proportional to fluorescence intensity in the gfp-tagged E. coli population, and separated persister cells showed enhanced expression of two groups of genes located in the e14 and CP4-6 cryptic prophage regions when analysed by DNA microarray.
transcription profiling by array, co-expression, in vivo, transcript identification