Title

Fluorescent labelling of intracellular bacteria in living host cells

ORCiD

David M. Ojcius: 0000-0003-1461-4495

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Microbiological Methods

ISSN

0167-7012

Volume

40

Issue

3

DOI

10.1016/S0167-7012(00)00132-9

First Page

265

Last Page

274

Publication Date

5-1-2000

Abstract

The fluorescent reagent, CellTracker, labels metabolically-active cells and was used here to label Chlamydia in vivo during their exponential phase of growth in infected cells. HeLa cells infected with C. psittaci were labelled with the CellTracker reagents between 15 and 48 h post-infection. The fluorescent label accumulated in the host-cell membrane compartment (inclusion) within which Chlamydia reside and replicate, and was also incorporated by the bacteria. Labelling with the CellTracker affected neither the growth nor the differentiation of the chlamydiae, and labelled chlamydiae isolated from infected cells were infectious. Our results demonstrate that the CellTracker could become a valuable tool for in vivo labelling of obligate intracellular parasites for which no genetic tools exist.