The Art of Science

The Art of Science

This photo is of gingival epithelial cells, the cells in the lining of the mouth. The cells are infected with the oral bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis (green).

Actin cytoskeleton (red), the material that maintains a cell's shape and structure, is highly polymerized, a process that facilitiates infection.

This image was taken with an epifluorescence microscope (Zeiss Axioskope)

24 hours after EPI researchers infected healthy gingival epithelial cells.

The nuclei are stained (blue).

--Information about this photo was provided by EPI researcher Dr. Ozlem Yilmaz and her laboratory team. Read Yilmaz's latest work in PLoS ONE.