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Keywords:

  • bacteria;
  • carbohydrates;
  • enzymes;
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis;
  • trehalose
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Self-denunciation: The trehalose mycolyltransferases have such a broad substrate scope that even fluorescently labelled derivatives are well processed. This can be used to image bacteria such as M. tuberculosis in vitro and in vivo without disturbing either the bacteria's growth or their viability.