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Microbiology - Chapter 8 Control of Microbes in the Environment

by: Sydney Coll

Microbiology - Chapter 8 Control of Microbes in the Environment BSC 302

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Chapter 8 focuses on how to control and prevent the spread of microbes. It discusses sterilization , disinfection, etc. It also discusses ways of controlling microbes physically and biologically.
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Date Created: 10/14/16
Chapter 8 – Control of Microbes in Environment Common Microbial Control Methods  Disinfection: killing, inhibition, or removal of disease causing organisms o Usually used on inanimate objects  Sterilization: destruction or removal of all viable organisms  Antisepsis: prevention of infection of living tissue by microorganisms o Kill or inhibit growth of microorganisms when applied to tissue o Reduce number of pathogens on human skin o  Sanitation: reduction of microbial population to levels deemed safe  Chemotherapy: using chemicals to kill or inhibit growth of microorganisms within host cell o Agents that kill microorganisms or inhibit growth:  Cidal agents kill  Static agents inhibit growth Pattern of Microbial Death  Microbes are not killed instantly  Population death occurs exponentially  Measure of agent’s killing efficiency o Decimal reduction time – time to kill 90% - z value o Once they recover, they may regain ability to reproduce and cause infection Filtration  Reduces microbial population or sterilizes solutions of heat-sensitive materials by removing microorganisms  Also used to reduce microbial populations in air  Filtering liquids: o Membrane filters – porous membranes with defined pore sizes that remove microorganisms by physical screening  Filtering air: o Cotton plugs on culture vessels o HEPA filters – used in laminar flow Physical Control Methods Heat Moist heat: o Destroys viruses, fungi, and bacteria o Boiling will not destroy spores and does not sterilize o Degraded nucleic acids, denatures proteins, and disrupts membranes Steam sterilization: o Above 100° C o Uses autoclave o Effective against all types of microbes  Pasteurization: o Controlled heating at temperatures well below boiling o Process doesn’t sterilize but does kill pathogens and slows spoilage by reducing load of organisms present Dry heat sterilization: o Less effective than moist heat sterilization o Requires higher temperatures and longer exposure times  Items subjected to 160-170° C for 2-3 hours o Oxidizes cell constituents and denatures proteins Dry heat incineration: o Used to sterilize inoculating loops  Radiation o UV radiation:  Wavelength 260 – most DNA absorbed  Causes thymine dimers preventing replication and transcription  UV limited to surface sterilization because it doesn’t penetrate glass, dirt films, water, and other substances o Ionizing radiation:  Gamma radiation penetrates deep into objects  Destroys endospores – doesn’t always work with viruses  Used for sterilization, pasteurization of antibiotics, hormones, sutures, food Chemical Control Agents  Disinfection – must be effective against wide variety of infectious, inanimate objects at low concentrations  Antisepsis – overuse of antiseptics – antibiotic resistance Sterilization  Whichever chemical is used, it must be effective in presence of organic matter’ Phenolics  Denature proteins and disrupt cell membranes  Lysol  Active in presence of organic matter and remain active for long periods of time Alcohols  Denature proteins and dissolve membrane lipids  Ethanol and isopropanol Heavy Metals  Effective but toxic  Inactivate proteins and precipitate proteins Aldehydes  Formaldehyde  Highly reactive – combine with and inactivate nucleic acids and proteins Effectiveness of Agent Activity  Population size – larger populations take longer to kill  Population composition – microbes differ in sensitivity to antimicrobial agents  Concentration or intensity of antimicrobial agents o Higher concentrations kill more rapidly  Duration of exposure o Longer exposure = more organisms killed  Temperature  Local environment o pH, viscosity, etc. o organisms in biofilms are less susceptible to antimicrobial agents Efficiency Evaluations  Dilution test: o Determine rate at which bacteria are destroyed by chemicals


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