An inclusion body in prokaryotes that is lipid-like. It stores carbon and can be an energy source. It is found in purple photosynthetic bacteria. Organic.
An internal structure in prokaryotes that is starch-like. It is used to store carbon and is an energy source. Organic.
An internal structure found in prokaryotes that is a polyphosphate reservoir. Useful for creating ATP. Inorganic.
An internal structure found in prokaryotes. It is an energy and electron source found in puple sulfer photosynthetic bacteria. It is composed of dense regions of elemental sulfur.
An internal structure found in prokaryotes. It is polymer composed of aspartic acid and arginine. It is used to store nitrogen. It is found in cyanobacteria. Organic.
An internal structure in prokaryotes that contains Rubisco, which is used for CO2 fixation. It is found in cyanobacteria, thiobacilli, and nitrifying bacteria. Any photosynthetic or chemosynthetic organisms contains this structure.
An internal structure in magnetic bacteria. It is not used for storage, but rather allows the organism to orientate itself for navigation towards nutrients. It is composed of dense regions of magnetic structures in the brain of the organism. Aqautic bacteria use it in order to know where the surgace is.
An internal structure in prokaryotes that is made of a single protein and it is impermeable to water but permeable to gas. It allows bacteria to float to the surface, therefore providing buoyancy for aquatic bacteria.
A bacteria that has extensions on its cell that are long tubes or stalks. These are used for attachment.
This is found in endospores. Even without it endospores have been found to be heat resistant.
An internal invagination of the cytoplasmic membrane. It may serve as a site for chromosome attachment during cell division.
A large polymer composed of long chains of alternating N-acetyl-glucosamine and N-acetylmuramic acid residues. The polysaccharides chains are linked to each other though connections between tetrapeptide chains attached to the N-acetylmuramic acids. It provides much of the strength and rigidity possessed by bacterial cell walls
This molecule is unique to gram+ bacteria. It cnonects peptidoglycan molecules to each other via NAM, therefore acting like a fencepost between NAG and NAM.
Found in the outermost layer of gram- cell walls. It is degraded by alcohol during staining.
This enzyme can weaken peptidoglycan strength by breaking the bonds between NAG and NAM. It is a natural antimicrobial found in tears and saliva.
A type of protein secretion that is found in both gram+ and gram- organisms. It allows things to cross the cytoplasmic membrane but not to the outside.
Type II Secretion
A type of protein secretion that is only in present in gram negatives. It is common in pathogens. It transports cellulases (lysis cells), pectinases (plant cells), proteanses, lipases, and toxins across the outer membrane from the periplasmic space.
Type V Secretion
A type of protein secretion that is only found in gram negatives. Proteins are shuffled from the periplasmic space to the outer membrane. It is possible for sec dependant secretion could be coupled with this type of secretion to transport things from the cytoplasm all the way to the outside of the cell.
ABC Transport (Type I Secretion)
A type of protein secretion only found in gram-. It uses the C-terminal instead of the N-terminal to singnal for recognition of net proteins. It also aids in expelling drugs from the cytoplasm. It spans the cytoplasm to the outer membrane, making sec-dependent transportation unnecessary.
Type III Secretion
A type of protein section that is only in gram-. It transports directly from the cytoplasm to the cell exterior, mkaing sec-dependant secretion unnecessary. It is primarily used by pathogens. It transports toxins, phagocytosis inhibitors, apotopsis promoters and secretion regulatory proteins.
Type IV Secretion
A type of protein secretion found only in gram negatives. It can secrete both proteins and DNA (for conjugation).
This structure is not present in all bacteria. It is used for storage, protection, energy (because it is a polysaccharide layer which can be a food source).
A type of glycocalyx that is loose and not organized. It protects aginst drying and biofilm formation.
A type of glycocalyx that is thick and tightly bound .It is extrememly organized. It is antiphagocytic and protects against drying. It can be used for attachment because it is composed of sticky polysaccharides. Can have high levels of protein.
Type of glycocalyx which is a highly organized external layer. It can be described as a sac that keeps a group of cells together and protects them against disruptions caused by currents.
This cell layer is found in some gram+ and some gram- bacteria, and is common among Archaea. In gram- bacertia is adheres directly to the outer membrane. In gram+ bacteria it is associated with peptidoglycan.
The part of the flagella that sticks out into the environment. It is hollow on the inside and growth only occurs at the tips.
The part of the flagella that is embedded in the cytoplasmic membrane. It has a motor for rotation that spins like a propeller.
A structure that is involved in bacteria conjugation or transport of molecules into or out of the. It allows the transfer of plasmids from one cell to another.
Molecules move from higher to lower concentration. Usually works for smaller molecules such as O2 and CO2 and gases. Very inefficient.
Works with larger molecules by using carrier proteins. Moves things from higher to lower concentrations. There is a saturation point that can be reached. Can be used to remove waste from the cell. This is not a prominent transport mechanism for nutrients into prokaryotic cells.
Transport of a substance (as a protein or drug) with a carrier protein across a cell membrane against the concentration gradient. Uses energy. Can reach a saturation point. Resembles facilitated diffusion because it uses permeases, has specificity, and is saturable.
A variation of active transport that occurs only in bacterial cells and only with certain molecules. A molecule is transported into the cell and at the same time it is chemically changed into a slightly different molecule. It requires energy, but the chemical modification prevents the molecule from leaving the cell. in a sense it is a trapping mechanism. Phosphorylation ( the addition of a phosphate group) is one variation of how bacteria do this.
A permease that spans the cell membrane. It has high specificity, mainly being used by large molecules. The binding of a molecule may change the conformational shape of the permease.
A type of active transport that moves two molecules at a time in the same direction, simultaneously
A type of active transport where two molecules are moved at the same time, one goes in and one goes out. This is the export system for many antibiotics and toxic compounds.
A type of active transport where one molecule is moved at a time with a special peripheral binding protein that cleaves ATP. In gram- found in periplasmic space; in gram+ found as tethered lipoproteins on the external phospholipid bilayer.
Capture energy from sunlight. Examples include cyanobacteria, purple & green sulfur bacteria.
Oxidize organic or inorganic molecules for energy. For example, an organic source would be glucose, while an inorganic source would be H2 (hydrogenomonas), H2S or FeS2 (thiobacillus), and NO2- (nitrobacter)
Components that cannot be synthesized by an organism from the essential elements. Includes purines & pyrimidines, vitamins, and certain amino acids.
A type of culture media that contains things like meat extracts, protein digests like peptone, yeast extract, The exact chemical formula that is needed is not known because you don't know what your bacteria needs. Examples include broth, nutrient agar, and blood agar.
A type of culture media that contains pure chemicals like NaCl, glucose, MgSO4. It is buffered to maintain a neutral pH. This is used when it is known what the organism needs.
A type of specialty culture media that allows the growth of a few kinds of organisms while inhibiting the growth of others. Example - Thayer-Martin agar.
A type of selective specialty media that contains antibiotics that inhibit all but Neisseria sp.
a type of specialty media that does not inhibit any bacteria from growing. Different media is used to identify microorganisms by the appearance of their colonies. example: streptococcus pyogenes (the bacteria that causes strep throat) can be identified by blood agar because on this medium, S. pyogenes colonies are surrounded by a clear zone because they lyse (destroy by bursting) nearby red blood cells
contains crystal violet which inhibits the growth of Gram + bacteria and bile salt-tolerant; only bacteria that will grow are Gram - and bile salt-tolerant
A loopful of bacteria is diluted over the surface of an agar plate. The loop if sterilized with ethanol and put through a flame to burn off the excess ethanol. This process is NOT quantitative
Bacteria are diluted in a known volume of diluent. A specific volume is placed on the surface of the agar and spread over it to evenly distribute cells. Cells grow up on the surface of agar. It IS quantitative.