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HTH 245 - Week of 9/12

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These notes cover chapter 4 of the Microbial Challenge, This includes structure, parts, and types of bacteria.
Foundations of Infectious Disease
Dayna Henry
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bacilli, cocci, spirilla, morphology, envelope, capsule, Cell, Wall, Gram-positive, Gram-negative, flagella, pili
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Date Created: 09/18/16
HTH245 – Week of 9/12/2016 Chapter 4 - Bacteria  Cell shapes and patterns o Bacilli - rod-shaped o Cocci - spherical  Diplococcic - pair of cocci  Streptococci - chain of cocci  Staphylococci - looks like a bunch of grapes o Spirilla - spiral-shaped  Spirilla - rigid helix  Spirochetes - flexible helix  Vibrios – comma-shaped curve rods o * remember: microscopic determination of shape and pattern (morphology) is often the first step of identification  Naming Bacteria o Binomial nomenclature  genus (capitalized)  species (non-capitalized) o some bacteria are named after scientists who discover them, their habitat, shape, associated disease, or a combination o *bacillus – can be descriptive or a genus (all bacteria in the genus bacillus are rod-shaped, but not all rod-shaped bacteria are in the genus, bacillus)  Anatomy of Bacterial Cell o Envelope –  Capsule – not integral to the life of the cell; can promote virulence (capacity to produce disease); presence of capsule interferes with phagocytosis; “slime layer”  Cell Wall – characteristic of ALL bacteria; rigid, corset-like; makes cell resistant from inward diffusion of water (avoiding lysis)  Gram-positive: stain purple; stay purple after alcohol dehydrates backbone layer  Gram-negative: stain purple; alcohol dissolves outer layer of lipopolysaccharide bilayer, creating holes for violet iodine to diffuse outward through; appears colorless o fig. 4.3  both g + and – have cell walls composed of peptidoglycan o only g – outer membrane external to peptidoglycan (makes cell more virulent – releases endotoxin during lysis)  Cell Membrane – passage of molecules between the bacterial cell and its external environment; selectively permeable; double-layered with pores and transport molecules  Cytoplasm – part of the cell enclosed within the cell membrane; holds many organelles  Nucleoid – DNA-rich area (no nuclear membrane) o Most bacterial cells contain a single chromosome – circular, double-stranded stretch of DNA  Plasmids – small circular molecules of nonchromosomal DNA; located in cytoplasm but are independent of chromosomal DNA o plasmids can be transferred from one bacterial cell to another (aka infectious agents) o plasmids can carry genes that confer with antibiotic resistance (aka R (resistance) factors)  Spores – extremely hardy structures that are highly resistant to heat, drying, radiation, and a variety of chemical compounds; used in (asexual) reproduction o Vegetative cell – spore-producing bacteria w/ no spores (initiating by adverse conditions)  Appendages  Flagella – motility; composed of protein, flagellin; found on some bacilli and cocci  Pili – adhesion; composed of protein pilin; present in many g – cells; shorter, straighter, and thinner than flagella  Bacterial Growth o In unicellular organisms, growth = multiplication o In multicellular organisms, growth = increase in size; multiplication = increase in number of organisms o System of checks and balances limits population size  Abiotic factors: availability of oxygen, temperature, and water  Biotic factors: suitable habitat, predator-prey relationships, and competition o Growth curve = graph that shows the rate of population growth in bacteria 2  Phase I: Lag Phase  “get ready for growth” stage – represents time of adaptation to the new environment (also occurs in infection)  might be a slight drop  Phase II: Exponential (Logarithmic) Phase  Explosion of growth governed by the generation time (time it takes a cell to undergo binary fission) o At conclusion of generation time, population doubles  Phase III: Stationary Phase  Competition for depleting substances such as nutrients and oxygen  Binary fission continues to occur, but at the same rate as the death rate  Phase IV: Death Phase  Adverse conditions become more pronounced  This is when spores will form on spore-forming bacteria, giving it a chance for survival  Culturing Bacteria o The purpose of obtaining bacteria (from a throat swab or urine sample) is to grow it so it can be identified o Put the sample in a tube of liquid nutrients and then put onto a petri dish containing nutrients and agar  Agar allows production of colonies with recognizable and identifiable properties  Also use gram stains and antibiotics to identify bacteria  Oddball (Atypical) Bacteria o Mycoplasmas  No cell wall  “smallest of the small”  Mycoplasma pnuemoniae causes walking pneumonia o Chlamydiae  Slightly larger then mycoplasmas, can be seen with a light microscope  Coccoid  Obligate intracellular parasites 3  Transmission from person to person  Causes: urethritis, trachoma, lymphogranuloma o Rickettsiae  Rod-shaped  Largest of the three “oddballs”  Transmitted through mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, lice, and other arthropods (except Q fever)  Obligate intracellular parasites  i.e. Typhus Fever 4


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