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Chapter 3: Prokaryotic Profiles: The Bacteria and Archaea

by: Siân L'Roy

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This chapter focuses mainly on the differences between the structures of different bacteria. Which types have an outer layer, which ones have membrane bound organelles.
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Date Created: 08/20/16
Prokaryotic Profiles: The Bacteria and Archaea  Cells can be physically classified according to their shape and divisional arrangement o Common shapes include:  Coccus (plural: cocci)= spherical; round; e.g. Staphyloccus areus  Bacillus (plural: bacilli)= rod; e.g. Bacillus anthracis  Coccobacillus (plural: coccobacilli)= shortened rod; e.g. Bordentella  pertussis (whooping cough); E. coli  Vibrio (plural: vibrios)= curved rod; e.g. Vibrio cholera  Spirillum (plural: spirilla)= spiraled rod; e.g. Spirillum minor  Spirochete= corkscrew shaped; e.g. Borrelia burgdorferi o Bacteria often vary in shape (pleomorphic) o Bacteria multiple (grow) by binary fission (cellular division); cells divide without  completely separating o Binary fission can occur in one or more planes; results in the following  arrangements:  Diplo­(one planed; paired arrangement; Neisseria sp.); move left, right or  up, down  Strepo­ (one planed; chain arrangement; Streptococcus sp.); move left,  right and up, down  Tetrads­ (two planed; four cell, cubed arrangement; Merisopedia sp.)  Sarcina­ (three planed; eight­ cell, cubed arrangement; Sarina sp.); move  left, right, up, down, and behind  Staphlo­ (multi planed; cluster arrangement; Staphylococcus sp.); move  left, right, up, down and diagonally   Common prokaryotic cellular structures include: o Selectively permeable cytoplasmic membrane o Rigid cell wall and outer membrane (Gram negative) o Protective capsule or slime layer o External flagella or pili projections o Intracellular chromosomal and plasmid DNA o Intracellular storage and gas vesicles(inclusion bodies) o Internal endospores in Clostridium and Bacillus sp. o 70S, cytoplasmic ribosomes   Cytoplasmic (inner) membrane specifics: o Comprised of phospholipids; polar (hydrophilic)  o Phospholipids are in a bilayer arrangement (selective barrier);70% Prokaryotic Profiles: The Bacteria and Archaea o Proteins associated with membrane are classified as sensors or carriers (channels); 30% o Functions include:   Synthesis of cell wall components  Transportation of substances in and out of a cell (secretion)  Generation of cellular energy (ATP; sugar)  Rigid cell is important in maintaining cell shape and preventing cellular lysis  Main component of cell wall is peptidoglycan polymer (NAM and NAG sugars) o Bi­layered sugar backbone (N­acetylglucosamine and N­acetylmuramic acid)  connected by tetrapetide (four amino acids) linkage  Thickness, position, and overall composition varies between Gram (+) and Gram (­)  bacteria  o Gram (+): Cell wall is 20 to 80 nm across (thick)  60% to 90% of wall is peptidoglycan with teichoic acid projections  (attachments)  External to cytoplasmic (inner) membrane; lack of out membrane and  periplasmic membrane  Needs to be crossed linked o Gram (­): Cell wall comprised of 10% to 20% peptidoglycan without teichoic acid (thin)  Composition is complex; contains a mixture of polysaccharides, proteins,  and lipids  Cell wall is positions between an outer membrane and inner cytoplasmic  membrane  Outer membrane is made up of lipopolysaccharide (LPS); lipid A  component and O polysaccharide  Periplasmic spaces exists between wall and each membrane; site for  specific enzymatic activity and transportation; gel­like structure; each  protein has specific function o Acid­Fast Bacteria: Cell wall is thick and contains 60% lipids in its structures  Capsules and slime layers are gel­like layers externally present on some bacteria; can  provide the following functions: o Enable adherence of bacteria to specific surfaces like teeth, rocks, and prosthetic  devices Prokaryotic Profiles: The Bacteria and Archaea o Enable adherence of bacteria to one another that result in the formation of biofilm  communities o Important in immune evasion mechanisms  Protein Flagella are important appendages involved in cellular motility; three major  components of a flagellum are: o Basal body: Anchors flagellum to cell wall and membranes o Fillagment: ‘Tail’ portion extending into the environment o Hook: Portion connecting the filament to the basal body  Pili are important appendages for attachment(fimbriae), motility (twitching and/or  gliding) and transfer of DNA material (conjunction)  Important internal structures of prokaryotic cells are: o Chromosomal DNA: Supercoiled, circular DNA; forms visible nucleoid within  the cell o Plasmids: Extra­chromosomal DNA; also supercoiled and circular; 0.1 to 10% of  chromosomal DNA size; the cell can be packaged with several plasmids at one  time o Ribosomes: Composed of ribosomal proteins and ribosomal RNA; non­fixed  (free) and involved in protein synthesis o Storage granules and vesicles: Membrane bound structures involved in storing  excess molecules for future use and store gas for cellular buoyancy; Similar to  inclusion body o Endospores: Dormant cell produced in response to environmental stresses (pH,  dehydration); very resist to various stresses and can exist for years  Internally formed by a process known as sporulation  Once conditions are favorable, endospore will absorb water and go  through germination


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