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AC Electric Field Mediated Assembly of Bacterial Tetrads

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posted on 12.03.2020, 08:29 by Kunal Samantaray, Samir R. Mishra, Gopal Purohit, Priti S. Mohanty
Understanding spatiotemporal organization in bacteria under an external AC electric field is not only very interesting from a perspective of studying assembly and disassembly in a model biofilm but also provides insight into the intricate role of anisotropic interaction with bacterial dynamics that can generate interesting complex structures. In the current study, using confocal microscopy, we demonstrate such complex assemblies of monodisperse tetrad clusters of Micrococcus luteus, an environmental bacterium synthesized under a controlled growth condition. These clusters under the AC field produce a range of interesting structures such as chains, double helix, and bundles, which are instantaneously reversible when the field is switched off. Our studies can provide important insights into the natural organization of the clustered bacterium (with relevance in biofilm-like states) and generate strategies for biomaterial fabrication with a switchable functionality.

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