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SUMMARY: The growth of a genital trachoma-inclusion conjunctivitis agent strain of in McCoy cells treated with cytochalasin B was studied by quantitative infectivity estimations and by light and electron microscopy. Provided that infection of the monolayer was initiated by centrifuging the infectious particles on to the cells before incubation, this chlamydial strain grew as fast and to as high a titre [approximately 10 inclusion-forming units (i.f.u.) per culture] as those chlamydiae which infect cell cultures without centrifugation. Each i.f.u. inoculated yielded approximately 600 i.f.u., and extracellular infectivity was detected soon after intracellular infectivity appeared. Inclusions were recognized by fluorescent antibody staining techniques early in the developmental cycle when cultures were not infectious and when only reticulate bodies were seen by electron microscopy. Inclusions were recognized in Giemsa-stained preparations examined by dark ground microscopy only when elementary bodies appeared in the inclusions. Iodine staining was not a reliable indicator either of the number of inclusions present or of their infectivity.

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