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WT E. coli colony (on D2O LB agar) morphology

Yesterday I posted some pictures of E. coli colony morphologies. This was one of the colonies, but it wasn’t as developed, so today I’m adding the extra day’s growth image.

WT E. coli grown on DI LB agar

WT E. coli grown on DI LB agar

Looks great! It’s interesting to note that the colonies grown on D2O agar grow out. Instead of getting thick like it normally does, it grows in an outward direction. I guess I would attribute that to the stress induced by being in D2O.

Comparing the results from today to WT E. coli grown onĀ  DI media and D2O adapted E. coli grown on D2O media, it seems there is an interesting mix of morphological behavior. The adapted E. coli is very “brainy” and obviously the normal WT is “smooth,” but today’s specimen is in between smooth and brainy. Unfortunately I can’t make out the topographical features because the E. coli (as I mentioned above) is very flat. But the contour is very feature rich.

E. coli cells in D2O

I’m not going to make many comments about these cells. It seems that in D2O, E. coli is more likely to say fused but it’s not as obvious as it is with yeast. I make no other observations.

E. Coli Colony Morphology in D2O

Here are the results of yesterday’s setup. Here I’m comparing 4 samples:

  1. Wild type (WT) E. coli grown on DI LB agar
  2. WT E. coli grown on D2O LB agar
  3. D2O adapted E. coli grown on DI LB agar
  4. D2O adapted E. coli grown on D2O LB agar

All 4 samples were incubated for the same amount of time, and taken from starter cultures of similar absorbance. The absorbances of the starter cultures are as follows:

  1. Wild type (WT) E. coli grown in DI LB – 0.641
  2. WT E. coli grown in D2O LB – 0.325
  3. D2O adapted E. coli grown in DI LB – 0.489
  4. D2O adapted E. coli grown in D2O LB – 0.112

The D2O adapted E. coli took over the DI LB plate! I’ve re-inoculated those cells from that plate to get a picture that would show a typical colony and compare that morphology to the rest. I’ve also allowed the two D2O media samples to incubate for another 24 hours.

It should also be said that the D2O adapted colonies grown on D2O media look distressed compared to the WT colonies on DI media. But compare the two D2O adapted colonies and it’s tough to discern. Whatever mechanism gives the colonies a distressed appearance on D2O media, seems to be completely uninhibited on DI media. It’s tough to tell if the cells are distressed or just out of control.

Still these results seem pretty comparable to the last time I did these experiments (except using YPD). I’ll update again tomorrow, and insert these results into my dissertation.

D2O Adapted E. coli Experimental Replication

Yesterday while writing I realized that the images of the D2O adapted E. coli that I’ve taken were grown on D2O YPD. In an effort to figure out if the morphologies are due to the YPD or the D2O, I’ve decided to redo the experiments on LB agar.

Today I made some D2O and DI LB broth:

  • 1.84g LB in 92ml of D2O
  • 1g LB in 50ml of DI water
  • Filtered broth for sterilization

Then from there I made some LB agar

  • 40ml of liquid D2O LB with 0.8g of agar (2% agar)

I already have solid LB plates with normal water (commercial).

I then incubated E. coli at 37C in liquid media so that I can streak the plates and analyze them. I used 2 different E. coli:

  1. Normal competent cells
  2. Cells from Day 33.
  3. I also had made a separate culture from an unlabeled glycerol stock that I’m pretty sure I made when I finished the experiment. I’ll check it out tomorrow after the sample has developed.

A cool figure I forgot to share: E. Coli growth in Water

the e.coli data reimagined in illustrator

I made this figure for my rockethub proposal and forgot to post it here in my notebook. Look how pretty it is!

I made this in Adobe Illustrator and if anyone is interested I would be willing to host an online workshop to teach others how to use Illustrator for science. This particular image took almost no time (maybe 30 minutes), which is a marvel because I obsess over everything I do in Illustrator (which is why there isn’t anything tangibly Illustrator on this site).