Myxospore induction in a nondispersed growing mutant of Myxococcus xanthus

R P Burchard
1975 Journal of Bacteriology  
Myxococcus xanthus RB5, a rough-colony-forming, nondispersed growing mutant of strain FBt, forms macroscopic, multicellular masses of radially oriented cells in shake cultures. The cells appear to be held together by slime fibrils. Physical and enzymatic methods to disrupt the spheres were unsuccessful as were attempts to isolate dispersed growing mutants. During incubation of the spheres in starvation medium, the cells within convert to myxospores, indistinguishable from those formed in
more » ... g bodies. Myxospores were also induced in artificially constructed, dense masses of cells of a nonmotile strain.
doi:10.1128/jb.122.1.302-306.1975 fatcat:zc3lzvdghvf6fhhojjy2f333ge