BERENICE M. THOMASON, B.S.; FRANCIS W. CHANDLER, D.V.M., Ph.D.; DANNIE G. HOLLIS, M.S.
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The Legionnaires' disease (LD) bacterium, for which the name Legionella pneumophila has been proposed (1), is a small gram-negative microorganism that varies considerably in length depending upon its environment (2). Early investigators did not describe motility or the presence of flagella. While examining direct fluorescent antibody-stained smears of pure cultures of LD bacterium, we have observed fluorescent polar flagella on two stock strains (Bellingham 1 and Bloomington 2). We confirmed these observations by examining smears stained with either a silver-plating stain for flagella (3) or a simplified Leifson flagella stain (4). This observation prompted us to examine other strains of
THOMASON BM, CHANDLER FW, HOLLIS DG. Flagella on Legionnaires' Disease Bacteria: An Interim Report. Ann Intern Med. 1979;91:224–226. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-2-224
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(2):224-226.
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