Staining of the cultures recovering from stationary phase with propidium iodide, a probe that stains only the cells that have lost membrane integrity. In the upper dot blots both the unstained control population (panel A) and the PI treated population (panel B) were classified into dividing (green) and non-dividing (blue) cells on the basis of GFP signal intensity and SSC-H value (as in Figure 3). In the lower dot plots the same subpopulations were then plotted on a GFP vs. SSC-H graph to determine the number of PI-stained dead cells they contained. PI treatment (panel B, below) resulted in very few PI-stained cells in both the dividing and non-dividing subpopulation compared to the unstained control (panel A, below).
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