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Microbiology Chapter 4 Notes

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Microbiology Chapter 4 Notes BIO 2600

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These notes give an introduction to the prokaryotic cell, its organization, and members. This includes: -its external structures ex. flagella -description of the glycocalyx and cell envelope -ex...
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Date Created: 08/29/16
Chapter 4 notes *4.3 Prokaryotic Profiles pg. 91 *Figure 4.1 Structure of a Bacterial Cell External Structures -Appendages -Two major groups 1. Motility – flagella and axial filaments 2. Attachment or channels – fimbrial and pili -Glycocalyx – surface coating Flagella -3 parts: 1. Filament – long, thin, helical structure composed of protein flagellin 2. Curved sheath 3. Basal Body – stack of rings firmly anchored in cell wall -Rotates 360 degrees -Number and arrangement of flagella varies -Monotrichous, lophotrichous, amphitrichous -Functions in motility through cell environment Flagellar Arrangements 1. Monotrichous – single flagellum at one end 2. Lophotrichous – small bunches emerging from the same site 3. Amphitrichous – flagella at both ends of cell 4. Peritrichous – flagella are dispersed randomly Flagellar Responses -Guide bacteria in a direction in response to external stimulus -Chemical stimuli – chemotaxis; positive and negative -Light stimuli -Signal sets flagella into rotary motion clockwise or counterclockwise Periplasmic Flagella -Internal flagella, enclosed in the space between the outer sheath and the cell wall peptidoglycan -Produce cellular motility by contracting and imparting twisting or flexing motion Fimbriae -Fine, proteinaceous, hair-like bristles emerging from the cell surface -Function in adhesion to other cells and surfaces Pili -Rigid tubular structure made of pilin protein -Found only in gram-negative cells -Function to join bacterial cells for partial DNA transfer called conjugation -Important in transfer of antibiotic resistance Glycocalyx -Coating of molecules external to the cell wall, made of sugars and/or proteins -Two types: 1. Slime layer – loosely organized and attached 2. Capsule – highly organized, tightly attached -Functions: - Protect cells from dehydration and nutrient loss - Inhibit killing by white blood cells by phagocytosis contributing to pathogenicity - Attachment – formation of biofilms - Related to quorum sensing *Pay attention to inside 4.1 in the book The Cell Envelope -External covering outside the cytoplasm -Composed of two basic layers: -Cell wall and cell membrane -Maintains cell integrity -Two different groups of bacteria demonstrated by Gram stain: -Gram-positive bacteria: thick cell wall composed primarily of peptidoglycan and cell membrane -Gram-negative bacteria: outer membrane, thin peptidoglycan layer, and cell membrane *Pay attention to pg. 73 inside 3.2 Structure of Cell Walls -Determines cell shape, prevents lysis (bursting) or collapsing due to changing osmotic pressure -Peptidoglycan is primary component: -Unique macromolecule composed of a repeating framework of long glycan chains cross-linked by short peptide fragments Gram-Positive Cell Wall -Thick, homogeneous sheath of peptidoglycan -20-80 nm thick -Includes teihoic acid and lipoteichoic acid: function in cell wall maintenance and enlargement during cell division; move cations across the cell envelope; stimulate a specific immune response -Some cells have a periplasmic space, between the cell membrane and cell wall Gram-Negative Cell Wall -Composed of an outer membrane and a thin peptidoglycan layer -Outer membrane is similar to cell membrane bilayer structure -Outermost layer contains lipopolysaccharides and lipoproteins (LPS) -Lipid portion (endotoxin) may become toxic when released during infections -May function as receptors and blocking immune response -Contain porin proteins in upper layer – regulate molecules entering and leaving cell -Bottom layer is a thin layer of *Table 4.1 The Gram Stain -Differential stain that distinguishes cells with a gram-positive cell wall those with a gram-negative cell wall -Gram-positive – retain crystal violet and stain purple -Gram-negative – lose crystal violet and stain red from safranin counterstain -Important basis of bacterial classification and identification -Practical aid in diagnosing infection and guiding drug treatment Nontypical Cell Walls -Some bacterial groups lack typical cell wall structure, Ex. Mycobacterium and Nocardia -Gram-positive cell wall structure with lipid mycolic acid (cord factor) -Pathogenicity and high degree of resistance to certain chemicals and dyes -Basis for acid-fast stain used for diagnosis of infections caused by these microorganisms -Some have no cell wall, Ex. Mycoplasma -Cell wall is stabilized by sterols -Pleomorphic Cell Membrane Structure -Phospholipid bilayer with embedded proteins – fluid mosaic model -Functions in: -Providing site for energy reactions, nutrient processing, and synthesis -Passage of nutrients into the cell and the discharge of wastes -cell membrane is selectively permeable Bacterial Internal Structures -Cell cytoplasm: -Dense gelatinous solution of sugars, amino acids, and salts -70-80% water -serves as solvent for materials used in all cell functions Bacterial Internal Structures -Chromosomes -Single, circular, double-stranded DNA molecule that contains all the genetic information required by a cell -Aggregated in a dense area called the nucleoid -DNA is tightly coiled -Plasmids -Small circular, double-stranded DNA -Free or integrated into the chromosome -Duplicated and passed on to offspring -Not essential to bacterial growth and metabolism -May encode antibiotic resistance, tolerance to toxic metals, enzymes, and toxins -Used in genetic engineering – readily manipulated and transferred from cell to cell -Ribosomes -Made of 60% ribosomal RNA and 40% protein -Consist of two subunits: large and small -Prokaryotic differ from eukaryotic ribosomes in size and number of proteins -Site of protein synthesis -Present in all cells -Inclusions and granules -Intracellular storage bodies -Vary in size, number, and content -Bacterial cell can use them when environmental sources are depleted -Examples: glycogen, particles of iron oxide, etc -Cytoskeleton -Many bacteria possess an internal network of protein polymers that is closely associated with the cell wall Bacterial Internal Structures cont.. -Endospores -Inert, resting, cells produced by some G+ genera: Clostridium, Bacillus, and Sporosarcina -Have a 2-phase life cycle: -Vegatative cell – metabolically active and growing -Endospore – when exposed to adverse environmental conditions; capable of high resistance and very long-term survival -Sporulation – formation of endospores -Hardiest of all life forms -Withstands extremes in heat, drying, freezing, radiation, and chemicals -Not a means of reproduction -Germination – return to vegetative growth Endospores -Resistance linked to high levels of calcium and dipicolinic acid -Dehydrated, metabolically inactive -Thick coat -Longevity verges on immortality, 250 million years Bacterial Shapes, Arrangements, and Sizes -Vary in shape, size, and arrangement but typically described by one of three basic shapes: -Coccus – spherical -Bacillus – rod -Coccobacillus – very short and plump - Vibrio – gently curved Spirillum – helical, comma -Arrangement of cells is dependent on pattern of division and how cell remains attached after division Classification Systems in Prokaryotae 1. Microscopic morphology 2. Macroscopic morphology – colony appearance 3. Bacterial physiology 4. Serological analysis 5. Genetic and molecular analysis Bacterial Taxonomy Based on Bergey’s Manual -Bergey’s Manual of Determinative Bacteriology – Five-volume resource covering all known prokaryotes -Classification based on genetic information – phylogenetic -Two domains: Archaea and Bacteria -Five major subgroups with 25 different phyla


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