MadSci Network: Cell Biology

Re: what is the size of a diphtheria cell?

Date: Wed Oct 8 01:22:21 2008
Posted By: Sebastien De Landtsheer, Undergraduate, Immunology, Laboratoire National de Santé
Area of science: Cell Biology
ID: 1223401161.Cb


The bacterium is about 1um (micrometer) wide, and 2 to 5 um long, depending on its developmental stage. Indeed this information is hard to find on internet.

If your work is about diphteria I propose you talk about the fact that the production of the toxin is triggered by the infection of the bacterium itself by a phage (a bacterial virus). This is something that usually nobody knows...

A good link :

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