Interference reflection microscopy shows novel insights to bacterial gliding motility

Liam M. Rooney, Paul A. Hoskisson, Gail McConnell

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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
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2018
EventSpatiotemporal Organization of Bacterial Cells - Marburg, Germany
Duration: 14 Mar 201816 Mar 2018


ConferenceSpatiotemporal Organization of Bacterial Cells


  • microbiology
  • biomedical imaging
  • interference reflection microscopy
  • myxococcus xanthus


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