Growth cycle of predacious Bdellovibrios in a host-free extract system and some properties of the host extract.


Host-free growth and reproduction of a host-dependent strain of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus incubated with an extract from host cells were studied. The morphological changes occurring in the cells were correlated with deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) synthesis as measured by labeled nucleotide or orthophosphate incorporation. The host-free developmental cycle of… (More)