For applications in field experiments, the recombinant strain Salmonella typhimurium TA1535 was immobilized to permit its immediate utilization after long storage periods. Salmonella typhimurium TA1535 cells contain the plasmid that has an inducible SOS promoter fused to a promoterless luxCDABFE operon from Photobacterium leiognathi. The induction of bioluminescence occurs in the presence of the DNA-damaging agent mitomycin C which stimulates the bacterial SOS response. Early stationary phase cells were immobilized at a cell concentration of 1010 CFU/ml in microtiter plates and stored up to 6 weeks at 4°C in a sealed container. Even after 4 weeks of storage, the bioluminescence kinetics and yield in response to different concentrations of mitomycin C were not significantly different from those of freshly prepared samples.
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