Morphological changes of synchronized Campylobacter jejuni populations during growth in single phase liquid culture


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Abstract

Campylobacter jejuni strains demonstrate a variety of growth phase-linked distinct morphological forms when grown in liquid culture. The typical spiral form of the organism, evident during logarithmic phase, undergoes elongation during stationary phase before becoming coccoid via the formation of membrane blebs and budded forms in decline phase. Cellular elongation and coccoid formation occurred despite the inhibition of protein synthesis and without a detectable change in the protein components of the inner and outer cell membranes.

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