The ﬂagellated bacterium Escherichia coli is increasingly used experimentally as a self-propelled swimmer. To obtain meaningful, quantitative results that are comparable between different laboratories, reproducible protocols are needed to control, ‘tune’ and monitor the swimming behaviour of these motile cells. We critically review the knowledge needed to do so, explain methods for characterising the colloidal and motile properties of E. coli cells, and propose a protocol for keeping them swimming at constant speed at ﬁnite bulk concentrations. In the process of establishing this protocol, we use motility as a high-throughput probe of aspects of cellular physiology via the coupling between swimming speed and the proton motive force. This dataset contains the raw data to go with the published manuscript, including the movie to go with figure 1. N.B. the TIF file itself contains most of the relevant metadata, e.g. pixel calibration and frame rate etc.
Schwarz-Linek, Jana; Arlt, Jochen; Jepson, Alys; Dawson, Angela; Vissers, Teun; Miroli, Dario; Pilizota, Teuta; Martinez, Vincent A.; Poon, Wilson C. K.. (2015). Escherichia coli as a model active colloid: A practical introduction, [dataset]. University of Edinburgh. http://dx.doi.org/10.7488/ds/290.