Interaction of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus and host bacteria. II. Intracellular growth and development of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus in liquid cultures.


The intracellular life cycle of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus 109 growing on Escherichia coli in a dilute nutrient medium exhibits a period of constant infective titer while the parasite grows and elongates inside the host cell. This period is terminated after 2 to 4 hr, and the number of the plaque-forming units in the culture rises rapidly to as much as six… (More)