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J Bacteriol. 1991 January; 173(2): 933–936.
PMCID: PMC207095

Visualization of bacterial flagella by video-enhanced light microscopy.


We have imaged individual flagellar filaments of Escherichia coli, a motile Streptococcus sp., and Rhizobium meliloti by video-enhanced differential interference-contrast microscopy (Nomarski DIC) and computer-based image processing. This approach has advantages over existing methods in that filaments on living cells can be seen over their entire lengths.

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