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Diversity II Notes Week 2

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Diversity II Notes Week 2 211

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These notes are from Dr. Newman's lectures on Pathogenic and Beneficial bacteria.
Diversity of Life II
Justine Weber
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Date Created: 02/01/16
Diversity of Life II Week 2 1/26/15 Bacteria - Pathogenic Organisms -few bacterial infections found in plants; most are fungal/viral Agrobacterium -causes Crown gall -injects DNA into plant cells and induces toxins -tumor cells produce new molecules and novel chemicals that only Agrobacterium can use for food Bacillus anthracis -naturally occurring soil organism -forms spores, waits for optimal conditions to be released -rod shaped -facultative anaerobe -no known cases of human-human spread; infections only arise from soil or infected animals -intense studies made to use B. anthracis for bioweapon because anyone can isolate it, but it is not easy to weaponize a bacteria whose lethal form is a spore Have 3 forms: Cutaneous -causes itchy bumps, ulcers and skin death -has a 1 – 20% death rate Ingestion -causes nausea, vomiting, fever and diarrhea -25 – 60% mortality rate Inhalation Starts as mild cold but leads to breathing problems and shock >75% death rate Yersinia pestis -Gram negative rod form -Facultative anaerobe -Ruptures blood vessels and leak blood, causing black skin -normal hosts are rodents, and transmitted by fleas *Bubonic plague -buboes (pus-filled sacs of bacteria) found in groin and armpits **Black Death (1348-1350) – 100million killed, ~1/3 of current world population -many of these plagues since; used by Japan against China in WWII -still ~3000 deaths per year, last outbreak in 1994 Mycobacterium leprae -rod shaped -aerobe -acid fast -prevalent since biblical times; contaminated people confined to “Leper Colonies” -not very contagious, treated with antibiotics -has long incubation times Mycobacterium tuberculosis -rod shaped -very aerobic sensitive microbe -cells do not stain, which makes it tough to see and identify -slow growing = 10-15hr generation time (vs. E. coli = 10-15min Generation time) -very infectious from breathing in exhaled microdroplets 2 states, Latent and Active -1 treated with isolating sanitariums, 1 used in the US was Adirondack Cottage in Saranac Lake -sanitariums really didn’t do much treating, but made breathing easier for patients -now can be treated with constant combination of antibiotics -bacteria currently developing resistance because those infected do not follow the proper treatment regime (stop before the full term, once they start feeling better) *White Plague, 17 and 18 century Europe – nearly 100% of population infected (“died from consumption”) Streptococcus pyogenes -Gram positive sphere -forms long chains -occurs naturally in skin and throat -causes strep throat -scarlet fever seen in more serious cases -Rheumatic fever (infects lungs and heart) -Necrotizing fasciitis  flesh-eating bacteria Staphylococcus aureus -Gram positive -facultative anaerobe -forms “grape-like” clusters -found in skin and nose of ¼ of world population -Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a serious problem -methicillin is primary antibiotic for S. aureus -MRSA often seen in hospitals, nursing homes -produces ulcers and “scalded skin syndrome” Clostridium tetani -Gram negative rod - obligate anaerobe, forms spore in presence of O2 *Puncture wood = anaerobic, cut = aerobic -present in soil -causes tetanus -common during Middle Ages (lockjaw) and during the 19 and 20 th centuries ~10% mortality rate -produces powerful, contracting neurotoxin across all muscles  leads to spastic paralysis (“World’s worst Charlie Horse”) Clostridium botulinum -Gram positive -rod shaped -obligate anaerobe, forms spore for protection -found in soil -produces neurotoxin, destroys parts of nerve cells causing them to relax and shut down -fatal if untreated, 1g in water supply can kill 1 million people; even treatment can take months and full recovery unlikely due to long-term nerve damage -Food botulism very common  improperly canned food -Wound botulism -Infant botulism found in honey  more damaging to infants 2 years old or younger) Clostridium difficile -Gram positive -drumstick shape -facultative anaerobe, form spores in presence of O2 -found in soil -2 to 5% are carriers with no symptoms -can spread rapidly in hospitals, highly contagious -forms 2 toxins that can perforate intestines -causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea ~30,000 deaths/year -bacteria are developing antibiotic resistant strain Helicobacter pylori -Gram negative rod -Microaerophyllic – lives in low O2 levels -over 50% of people are carriers, ~10-20% get ulcers -original theory was the ulcers formed from stress or spicy food  NULL & VOID ~1% risk of stomach cancer Escherichia coli -Gram negative rod -facultative anaerobe -seen in mammals -found naturally as an intestinal microbe -has pathogenic strains (0157:H7 and 0104:H4) -most commonly infected from poorly handled, undercooked meat, organic crop fertilized with manure, and improper sanitation -causes intestinal problems, kidney failure and CNS complications Salmonella sp -seen in birds and reptiles -normal in animal intestines -can infect humans -comes commonly from undercooked or poorly handled chicken -1.4million cases/year -causes intestinal disorder and fever *Use 2 cutting boards, 1 for cutting the chicken 1 for the vegetables *E. coli and Salmonella sp are closely related, diverged ~100MYA Salmonella enteric typhi -human pathogen -impacts spleen and intestines -very treatable but antibiotic resistance is increasing -causes ~600,000 deaths/year -many people can be asymptomatic carriers; those originally infected are locked in isolation to prevent further spread -see Typhoid Mary Mallon – led to 78 known cases of infected families from her refusing to properly sanitize -believed to have killed Rudyard Kipling, Wilbur Wright and Alexander the Great Treponema pallidum -Gram negative spore -causes syphilis and is spread via sexual contact -can be passed to newborns 4 stages: primary, secondary, latent and late  final stage can be fatal -Tuskegee Study (1932-72) – 399 Africans were diagnosed with syphilis, but left untreated as part of a research experiment -1/3 died of syphilis or other complications Bartonella henselae -Gram negative -curved rod -aerobic -transmitted by fleas or cat scratches (cats are the primary carriers) -dangerous to only those who are immune-compromised *Cat Scratch Fever Aeromonas hydrophila -Gram negative -rod shaped -found in fresh water -common pathogen to fish and amphibians -can infect humans in open cuts and leads to gastric upset -also causes necrotizing fasciitis  flesh-eating bacteria 1/28/16 Bacteria – the Good Guys Atmosphere is mostly N and CO2 About 4BYA cyanobacteria began to photosynthesize (pre-plants), oxygen produced as a waste product (free O2 was novel in env at the time) -O2 binds with iron in water, iron precipitates out  Banded Iron Formations -By 2BYA excess iron ran out and oxygen began saturating sea water, and released into the air *O2 – powerful degrader of organic molecules -Most organisms couldn’t survive presence of oxygen at the time, led to one of the greatest mass extinctions of all time -today it is vital to almost all life forms, save for obligate anaerobes See stromatolites in Caribbean and Shark Bay, W Australia (largest collection of “living fossils”) Escherichia coli -normal intestinal microbe -colonize infant intestine within 40 hours (not always seen in those born via C-sections) -source of Vitamins K and B complex vitamins (humans cannot produce these naturally) -used for metabolism studies -easily genetically engineered Lactobacillus acidophilus -microaerophyllic rods (prefers low O2 levels) -produces lactic acid, which can inhibits growth of other organisms (can outcompete growth of unfriendly bacteria)  so eat lots of yogurt Propionibacteriaceae -G + rods -Produce gas as they grow -Swiss chess Leuconostoc mesenteroides -G + spheres -Gives tang to sauerkraut Lactobacillis sanfranciscensis -G + rod -sourdough bread Methane production -range of Eubacteria and Archaea that produce methane (used as natural gas/energy source) -found in landfills, shale oil deposits and deep ocean ridges -form methane from other organic material Ethanol production -normally done via yeast, but is harder to engineer than bacteria (in terms of fuel sources on industrial scale size) -Zymonmonas mobilis -natural ethanol producer -engineered to increase productivity Can we take these natural organisms and use them to operate in our fashion and move away from petroleum? -also used in different feed for stock Sewage treatment -human waste originally mixed with cow manure for fertilizing crops -aerobic -microbes digest organic material in liquid form  produces CO2 and ions as by-products -solid material digested anaerobically -microbes digest material and release methane  used in power plants to generate methane for fuel, heat, and electricity Bioremediation -use of microbes to break down environmental pollution -natural setting (oil spills) and reactors (smaller chemical spills) Rhizosphere bacteria -grow on surface of roots, needed for obtaining necessary nutrient uptake (sugars, growth hormones) -multiple species Nitrogen fixation (necessary element for survival, found mostly in gaseous state) -Rhizobium spp. -Frankia sp. -G – rods -G + filaments -both are facultative aerobes -form nodules -will only fix N in anaerobic environments Endophytic bacteria -similar to E. coli in humans -grow inside plant tissues -aid in growth, disease resistance and drought tolerance Agrobacterium -crown gall by injecting plant DNA into cell (see previous notes) -use bacterial machinery to engineer towards desired traits (plant transformations) *American chestnut program -crop improvement -golden rice derived from plain white rice with increase in Vitamin A (carrots) Bacillus thuringiensis -used by organic gardeners to control insect pests -toxin gene cloned into plants directly rather than have bacteria grown on plant surface -can the toxins move into humans from these plants? -can these be harmful to our more helpful insects? Clostridium botulinum -botulism injections used to remove skin wrinkles Human microbiome -10x more microbial cells than mammalian cells in our bodies (same applies to pretty much every other organism on the planet) Aid in: digestion, disease prevention, weight regulation, hormone production, autoimmune responses -look more at eukaryotic/microbial symbiotic interatctions Pseudomonas syringae -natural form initiates formation of ice crystals (frost), mutant form doesn’t have protein -mutant forms of bacteria that don’t have protein, along with many other mutations -engineered strain has only the important frost mutation, and is sprayed on plants to act as frost protection -Can we use ice crystal formation in other places? -hail & snow -Role in eliminating drought? -use in clouds to drive ice crystal formation to make them heavy enough for precipitation


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