Chitozen is a chitosan-coated coverslip compatible with 6-channel sticky slides.
What is it intended for? Use it if you want to image bacteria both still and alive under the microscope. Or if you want to perform long-term imaging of bacteria. Or if you want to change the growth condition (e.g. antibiotics, chemicals, inhibitors) during the experiment and directly observe, in real-time, the bacteria new comportment under the microscope.
For which bacteria? E. coli, Vibrio cholerae, Myxococcus xanthus, Mycobacterium smegmatis, Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Pseudomonas fluorescens. More bacteria being currently tested by our Test Program users.
Product information: Kit description, Lifetime, FAQ, Technical and Safety datasheets
How to use Chitozen
E.coli & Chitozen
Feedback from the community
NB: These results supplement those obtained by Tâm Mignot and al. with:
Tracking of DNA repair proteins in live cells of Escherichia coli
"Cells expressing HaloTagged DNA repair proteins were loaded onto the chitosan-coated coverslip and imaged with TIRF microscopy. The Chitozen technology enables tracking single-molecules while changing environmental conditions (e.g: M9 or M9 + mutagen). Computation of the diffusion coefficients provides insights into how proteins change their mobility upon DNA damage".
Time-lapse images of E. coli growing: Localization of F-plasmid
By Jerome Rech, LMGM-CBI-CNRS, Toulouse, 2022
Cells are observed in phase contrast (top), in the blue and yellow channels for fluorescence microcopy to observe phase contrast, nucleoid (DAPI) or F-plasmid (mVenus tag), respectively.
Overlays of phase contrast and blue or yellow channel are shown on middle or bottom panels, respectively.
Cells were grown at 30°C in supplemented M9 minimal media containing Cystein and DAPI under continuous flow. Scale bar (2 µm).
Full compatibility with most of your conditions of experimentsSize: the coverslip dimension (25x75 mm) is compatible with the most common available sticky slides and microscope stages.
Compatible with advanced microfluidic techniques, nanolithography
6 independent channels
Either perform up to 6 experiments at the same time or use 1 channel one day, and the others later
Ready and fast
Assemble it within 2 minutes
Use it the same day it is prepared
A bench-stable surface coated with chitosan, the most efficient way to immobilize your bacteria on a microscope coverslip
Storable for 2 months once assembled
The Chitozen video protocol
µ-Slide Microscopy Rack
Eppendorf® Centrifuge 5430 & Rotor 5430R A-2-MTP
Clamp and adapter for sticky slides
Bottomless 6 channels sticky slides (sterilized and welded in a gas-permeable packaging)
LB ½ medium
E. coli - Mycobacterium smegmatis - Bacillus subtilis - Pseudomonas fluorescens - Vibrio cholerae - Myxococcus xanthus - Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
5-Chitozen Standard kit
5 standard (25 x 75 mm) chitosan-coated coverslips with 5 sticky slides
1-Chitozen Starter kit
1 standard (25 x 75 mm) chitosan-coated coverslip with 1 sticky slide
Each Chitozen coverslip allows up to 6 assays using bottomless 6-channel sticky slides
Lifetime: up to 12-month storage at room temperature, shielded from direct sunlight.
Going further: perfuse the system with flow
Chitozen and us
T âm Mignot, Olivier Théodoly, Amandine Desorme, Guillaume Sudre, Laurent David
Contact the developers about their technology
New projects at Idylle
And if you are interested in seeing what you can do with chitosan-coated coverslips, you can have a look at this study published by the team of developers in 2019. They've managed to use chitosan-coated coverslips to promote the growth of cells without any deleterious effect on their physiology, allowing them to measure the antibiotic susceptibiliy of a diversity of clinical strains with an excellent accuracy in a very short period of time. Read all about it here: mBio , 2019"