IGEM:Virginia 2012/Protocols/Preparing a Pertussis Culture
Below is the procedure for preparing a Bordetella pertussis culture. First, the frozen stock is streaked onto a sheep blood agar plate. This plate is then incubated for ~3 days, until it produces pertussis colonies which are gray/white and dull rather than shiny. These colonies are then used to inoculate a liquid culture. Since pertussis is aerobic, the liquid culture must have a high amount of surface area. This liquid culture can then be diluted so that it is in the logarithmic growth phase
- Pertussis frozen stock (keep on ice)
- Sheep blood agar plates
- Sterilized sticks
Note: This procedure should be done in a hood to prevent aerosolization.
- Using a sterilized stick, streak the entire surface of the plate. Discard the stick in the biohazard container.
- Put the plates in a plastic bag to prevent drying out and incubate at 37°C for three days.
- Inoculate the liquid culture. Incubate at 35.5°C.
- The next day, dilute the liquid culture.
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