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Circadian rhythms of cyanobacteria: monitoring the biological clocks of individual colonies by bioluminescence.

By T Kondo and M Ishiura


Reproducible circadian rhythms of bioluminescence from individual colonies of cyanobacteria (Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942) has been observed. Phenotypic monitoring of colonies on agar plates will enable us to genetically analyze the molecular mechanism of the circadian clock of cyanobacteria by screening for clock mutants. By the introduction of a bacterial luciferase gene, we previously developed a transformed cyanobacterial strain (AMC149) that expresses luciferase as a bioluminescent reporter of the circadian clock. In liquid culture, AMC149 expresses a rhythm of bioluminescence that displays the same behavior as circadian rhythms in higher eukaryotes. Improvements in the technique for administering the reporter enzyme's substrate (decanal) and a highly sensitive photon-counting camera allow monitoring the bioluminescence of single colonies. Individual colonies on agar plates displayed a rhythmicity which is essentially the same as that previously reported for liquid cultures

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1994
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