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Can the CellBrite® Cytoplasmic Membrane Dyes be used to track cell division in bacteria?

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The CellBrite® Cytoplasmic Membrane Dyes do not stain bacteria. The reactive CellBrite® Fix dyes stain both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, while the MemBrite® Fix dyes stain only gram-positive bacteria. However we have not tested these dyes for cell division tracking in bacteria.

There is literature describing the use of CFSE to track bacterial cell division,  the ViaFluor® SE cell proliferation dyes are likely to work in a similar manner, but we have not tested this.

See our Cellular Stains Table for a comprehensive list of cellular stains with their ability to stain various cell types.

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