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Microbiology Chapter 2: Bacteria

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Microbiology Chapter 2: Bacteria BIO 3304

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General Microbiology
Dr. Janet Donaldson
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Date Created: 01/14/16
Microbiology Chapter 2: Bacteria Morphology of Bacteria Cells  Bacteria can take many different shapes or morphologies -Spherical: s. coccus, pl. cocci -Rod-shaped: s. bacillus, pl. bacilli -Comma-shaped: s. vibrio, pl. vibrios -Spiral: s. spirillum, pl. spirilla -Pleiomorphic: varied shapes  Bacteria can also assume multicellular organizations -Hyphae: branching filaments of cells -Mycelia: tufts of hphae -Trichomes: smooth, unbranched chains of cells  The size of bacteria can vary greatly -Tend to be smaller than eukaryl cells -Bacteria are usually .5-5 micrometers in length -Small eukaryl cells are usually > 5 micrometers in diameter  There are exceptions to the general size of bacterial cells -Thiomargarita namibiensis can get up to 700 micrometers in diameter -Epulopiscium fishelsoni can range from 200-700 micrometers X 80 micrometers -Some mycoplasma cells are only .2 micrometers in diameter The Cytoplasm What is in the cytoplasm of bacterial cells? -The largest area is the nucleoid region, housing the chromosomes and DNA replication machinery -Bacterial cells contain NO nucleus -The remainder of the cytoplasm is a stew of macromolecules (tRNA, rRNA, mRNA, proteins, etc) -Inclusion bodies may also be included o Polyhydroxybutyrate granules: carbon storage o Sulfur globules: sulfur storage o Gas vesicles: buoyancy control o Carboxysomes: location of carbon fixation reactions o Magnetosomes: organelle associated with direction finding  *Prokaryotic can survive without inclusion bodies. This is because they only provide an advantage.  Eukaryotic HAVE to have organelles to survive. The Bacterial Cytoplasm  What kinds of internal structures help to organize bacterial cells? -The cytoskeleton is a series of internal proteins that assist in keeping everything in (or for moving it to) the right locations in the cell - Some cytoskeleton proteins are involved in cell wall synthesis during cell division or in moving internal components. The Cell Envelope  What are the critical structural and functional properties of the bacterial cells envelope? -All cells have a plasma membrane o Seperates the interior of the cell from the external environment o Usually composed of a phospholipid bilayer with embedded proteins How do items cross the Plasma Membrane and get into a cell? o Oxygen and carbon dioxide are small and can diffuse across steadily o Water is helped across by aquaporin protein channels o Osmosis can cause a cell to swell with water or shrivel as water leaves, but a strong cell wall can help keep a bacterial cell alive during these hardships  Nutrients cross the plasma membrans - Facilitated Diffusion: using a protein channel to move particles with a concentration gradient (no energy) - Active Transport: using energy to move particles AGAINST a concentration gradient o Co-transport mechanisms (symport/antisymport) o ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporters o Can use Active Transport to acquire nutrients and store o It is a survival mechanism The plasma membrane can also be used for capturing energy -Embedded electron transport chain can help create proton motive force (PMF) -Can be used to derive energy for motion (flagella)  The plasma membrane can hold sensory systems -Proteins in the plasma membrane can be used to detect environment changes -The cell can use the detected changes to alter gene expression to respond  Protein secretion and the plasma membrane: making proteins and shipping them outside the cell -The prteins made are chaperone proteins and proteins used to kill other bacteria  Uses ATP Energy  Toxins, siderophores, enzymes, etc  Each peptidoglycan disaccharide subunit is o N-acetylmuramic acid (NAM) with a small peptide chain -The peptide varies by species o N-acetylglucosamine (NAG)  While the amino acids in the peptide on NAM can vary from species to species, the way the peptides are crosslinked in the Cell Wall also vary  Gram negative bacteria have a direct cross link  The cell wall is critical, but are all cell wall structures the same? NO! -A stain method developed in 1884 by Hans Christian Gran can separate many microbes into one of two classes (Gram positive or Gram Negative)  Gram positive cells have - A thick outer layer of peptidoglycan - A very narrow periplasmic space - Teichoic Acids in the peptidoglycan (negatively charged)  Gram negative cells have - A varying width periplasmic space containing a very thin layer of peptidoglycan - An outer membrane composed of lipopolysaccharide (LSP)  The LPS from Gram-negative cells can be HARMFUL - Lipid A portion induces a strong inflammatory response - Outer side chain of polysaccharides can vary dramatically and even be changed by the microbe to evade host immune responses.  How can nutrients get through the cell walls? - The gram positive peptidoglycan layer has large pores throughout its matrix - The gram negative cell has porin and Ton B proteins in its outer membrane to transfer molecules into the periplasmic space o Once there, active transport mechanisms can move the molecule into the cytoplasm  How can molecules get OUT of a Gram negative cell’s periplasmic space? - Some move from the periplasm to the outside directly. These are known as autotransporters - Some use single step (never entering the periplasm) transport systems The Bacterial Envelope How do structures on the surface of bacterial cells allow for complex interactions with the environment? -Motility from flagella: spiral, hollow, rigid, filaments extending from the cell surface o Locations and number vary from species to species  Motility from flagella - By using chemoreceptor proteins to sense changes in concentrations of attractants or repellants cells can produce more funs to move in a particular direction The Bacterial Cell Surface So aside from motility, what other stuff is still left on the outside of bacterial cells? - Adherence molecules to stick to surfaces o Mediated by pili (s. pilus), fibers of pilin protein possess other proteins on their tips for sticking o A sex pilus is a different structure used for conjugation (sending a DNA plasmid from one cell to another) o Capsules can help bacteria form biofilms - Biofilms provide protection and enhanced survivability in harsh environments - Examples of biofilms include dental plaque and mold on bathroom surfaces Bacterial Taxonomy  How are bacteria categorized? - Important! Most microbes still can’t be cultured - What we CAN grow, we name according to the standard binomial system o Species: group of strains sharing common features, while differing considerably from other strains o Genus: group of closely related species Classification depends on many features o Size/shape o Gram type o Colony morphology o Presence of structures such as capsules/endospores o Physiological/ metabolic traits o DNA Sequence data (in more recent years)


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