In Vivo Bacterial Imaging Using Bioluminescence

  • Mariette Barbier
  • Justin Bevere
  • F. Heath DamronEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1790)


Bacterial luminescence allows for noninvasive continuous monitoring of promoter activity in a wide range of model systems. This chapter details various examples of use of the lux reporter system to measure promoter activity in bacteria using the vector pUC18T-mini-Tn7T-lux-Tp. Here, we describe the construction of promoter fusions with bacterial luciferase, and how to quantify promoter activity in real time in vitro and in vivo in plant, insect, and murine infection models.

Key words

Bacteria Bioluminescence In vivo imaging Reporter system Promoter activity Bacterial pathogenesis Pathogen-host interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariette Barbier
    • 1
  • Justin Bevere
    • 1
  • F. Heath Damron
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell BiologyWest Virginia University School of MedicineMorgantownUSA

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