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We tested the application of 5-bromo-2’-deoxyuridine (BrdU), a thymidine analogue that becomes incorporated into DNA during growth, to measure growth rates of individual marine bacteria cells. Immunocytochemical detection of BrdU incorporation into bacterial DNA has the potential for single-cell-based growth measurement. Optimized procedure for immunocytochemistry was applicable to 14 marine heterotrophic bacterial isolates belonging to g-proteobacteria, α-proteobacteria, Cytophaga-Flavobacterium-Bacteroides (CFB) group and Gram-positive bacteria. The relationship between cell-specific fluorescence intensity and specific growth rate was linearly correlated among CFB group isolates, which indicated a potential of the method for quantitative measurement. Analysis of the detection limit indicated that bacteria with seawater.

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© Aquatic Microbial Ecology 2004, Inter-Research.

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Hamasaki, K., Long, R., & Azam, F. (2004). Individual Cell Growth Rates of Marine Bacteria, Measured by Bromodeoxyuridine Incorporation. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 35(3), 217–227.

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