IGEM:Virginia 2012/Protocols/Passaging Pertussis

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Detailed below is the procedure to passage B. pertussis cells.


  • Plate of B. Pertussis
  • SSM Buffer with Proline and SSM Supplements
  • Sterile Polyester-Tipped Swabs
  • Sterile Hood
  • 25 mL sterile plastic pipette
  • 37°C Water Bath
  • 50 mL Erlenmeyer Flasks

Note: Media is stored in the refrigerator, while supplements are stored in the freezer. Note: Supplements are stored in the freezer, but once they are used they can be stored in the refrigerater, but must be used within a week.


  • Warm up the SSM Buffer and Proline and SSM Supplements in a 37°C water bath for around 30 min.

Move all materials to a sterile hood.

  • Using a sterile 25 mL plastic pipette, add 15 mL of warm SSM media to (each) flask
  • Next, pipette 150 μL of each supplement (Proline & SSM) into each flask.
  • Swab the Pertussis plate with a sterile polyester-tipped swab and mix it into the flask. Do this again to ensure you have transferred bacteria into the flask. Try to get a visible amount of bacteria into the flask, so it is a little cloudy.
  • Re-cover the flask with foil.
  • Replace used swabs into their original covering and discard them into the biohazard waste.
  • Place the flasks in the INFORS Minitron shaker/incubator (35.5°C and 150 RPM). Press Start.
  • Incubate for 1 day. -- Later, measure at 650 nm wavelength.
  • Wipe down the bench and hood with Cavicide and then Ethanol.


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