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Micro 201 9/14 - 9/23

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Micro 201 9/14 - 9/23 MICRB 201

Julianna Sickafus
Penn State

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Notes covered in class from 9/14 to 9/23.
Introductory Microbiology
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Microbiology, glycolysis, metabolism, catabolism, anabolism, Redox reactions, Enzymes
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Date Created: 09/25/16
Microbiology 201 9/14 – 9/23 Measurement of Microbial Growth 1) Direct Counting -counts cells in a chamber of known volume -ie: Petroff-Hauser Chamber -quick and simple -not a viable cell count unless vital stain is used -unless stain is used, it is hard to tell which cells are alive 2) Electronic Counting -also not viable cell count -unless cells from exponential phase are used -ie: Coulter Counter 3) Viable Counts -only viable cells can form colonies on a plate -gives number of colony forming units (CFU’s) -achieved by performing serial dilutions of a sample and determining the number of cells by: -spread plate -pour plate 4) Spectrophotometry -technique based on fact that microbial cells in solution scatter light -cell concentration measured as optical density -not viable cell count -calibration required to convert optical density to cell number -can be found by finding a viable cell count using a different method -quick and convenient Open/Continuous Culture System -growth in constant environment -steady provision of nutrients and waste removal -growth can be maintained at exponential phase -not necessarily maximum growth Environmental Factors and Growth -microbes survive and grow under a wide range of environmental conditions -extremophile -grow under extreme conditions -pH, temperature, pressure -microbes can be classified according to a preferred growth environment 1) Temperature -influences enzyme activity, membrane fluidity, DNA stability -Cardinal Temperatures: -minimum -lowest temperature -microbes will not grow at any temperature less than -optimum -best temperature for growth -maximum -highest temperature -microbes will not grow at temperatures above -each microbe has its own set of cardinal temperatures Psychophile - about 15C optimal Mesophile -about 20C - 40C optimal Thermophile -55C and higher optimal Extreme Thermophile -100C and higher optimal 2) Osmolality -for most microbes, the higher the osmolality, the more difficult the growth -due to plasmolysis -halophile: prefer growth in high salt environments 3) pH -cytoplasmic pH of most organisms is close to neutral -neutrophile -prefer neutral pH environments -acidophile -prefer low pH environments -alkaphiles -prefer high pH environments 4) Oxygen -final electron acceptor in aerobic respiration -not all organisms require oxygen -oxygen can be highly toxic for some organisms -use anaerobic respiration or fermentation instead -classification based on oxygen requirements -aerobe -oxygen required -anaerobe -oxygen toxic -micro aerophile -low oxygen requirement -facultative -indifferent to oxygen Metabolism -two broad classes of metabolic reactions: -endergonic -energetically unfavorable -exergonic -energetically favorable -ATP -major energy carrier of cells -GTP used in some reactions -some electron carriers can also act as energy carriers -NAD+ -nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide -FAD -flavin adenine dinucleotide -many biosynthetic reactions are endergonic and require energy input -energy derived from coupled exergonic reactions -known as metabolic coupling Redox Reactions -energy transfer -electron donor -reducing agent or reductant -electron acceptor -oxidizing agent or oxidant -some energy lost as heat oxidant + electron reductant -when oxidant accepts electron it becomes reductant -when reductant donates electron it becomes oxidant -equilibrium constant of a redox couple is known as the standard reduction potential- E0 -measures tendency of a reductant to donate its electron -redox coupes with more negative E w0ll donate electrons to those with more positive values Direction of Electron Transfer, E , 0nd Redox Reactions -oxidation of reduced macromolecules such as sugars, lipids, etc. -being oxidized = reductants What happens to H /electrons from removed reductants? -transferred to electron carrier (the oxidant) which is reduced -in this state, it becomes the reductant What happens to newly generated reductants? -becomes oxidized by another redox couple with a more positive E0 + NAD + H  NADH (-0.32V) ½ O 2 2H  2 H O (20.8V) -because reaction 1 is more negative than 2, electrons move from NADH to O 2 -in this process, energy is released and captured as ATP -aerobic respiration -reverse of photosynthesis where energy input is required -energy derived from sunlight -photons Electron Carriers -NAD, NADP, FAD -cytochromes -contain heme groups quihones -small, membrane localized Enzymes -biological catalyst -increase rate of reaction -highly substrate specific -many are proteins, some are RNAs, others are a combination -not permanently altered -recycled -when functional enzyme consists of protein and non protein parts: -protein component known as apoenzyme -non protein part known as cofactor, prosthetic group, or coenzyme -combination of both : holoenzyme -lower activation energy -energy required to form the transition state intermediate -substrates interact with enzyme at active site (catalytic site) -substrate specific -environmentally sensitive -temperature, pH -enzymes can be inhibited in 2 ways: -competitive inhibitor -binds at active site -competes with substrate -non competitive inhibitor -binds at another site -alter enzyme’s shape -unable to bind to substrate Catabolism -break down of complex molecules to simpler products -produces energy, reductants, and heat -NADH, FADH, NADPH -energy and its reductants consumed by anabolic reactions -oxidation process -catabolite -substrate for catabolic reaction -two main functions: -oxidized to produce energy -broken down to provide smaller substrates for biosynthesis Anabolism -synthesis of complex macromolecules and cells from simpler precursors -also known as biosynthesis -requires reductants and energy input -there are only a few reversible metabolic pathways -can function catabolically or anabolically -amphibolic pathways -some steps in glycolysis and Krebs cycle Oxidation of Glucose -complete oxidation takes place in 3 steps 1) Conversion of Glucose to Pyruvate -3 main pathways in microbes 1) Glycolysis -main pathway for glucose break down -other sugars fed into this pathway -converted to glucose or one of it derivative -2 stages involved: -6 C stage -2 ATP used -3 C stage -ATP and NADH generated -ATP generated in substrate level phosphorylation glucose + 2ADP + 2 NAD = 2 pyruvate + 2 ATP + 2NADH -some steps are amphibolic 2) Pentose Phosphate Pathway -more important for biosynthesis than energy production -provides main reductant -NADPH -generates 3C-7C sugars -used as substrates for biosynthesis -ie: -4C sugars for aromatic amino acids -5C sugars for DNA/RNA 2) Krebs Cycle, TriCarboxylic Acid Cycle (TCA), or Citric Acid Cycle 3) Oxidative Phoshorylation


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