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1 Bacteria and Archaea of Interest
I. Domain: Bacteria A. Taxonomic Classification Bacteria are classified according to rRNA similarities morphological similarities biochemical similarities DNA similarities II. Phylum: Proteobacteria largest taxonomic group all are gram negative bacteria   -divided into five classes

2 A. Class: Alpha Proteobacteria 1. Rickettsia a
A. Class: Alpha Proteobacteria Rickettsia a. non-motile obligate intracellular parasite b. can be cocci ,bacilli or threadlike- highly pleiomorphic c. many members belong to the spotted fever group of diseases d. damage the permeability of capillaries e. pathogens are transmitted by arthropod vectors g. R. typhi- causes typhus and is transmitted by the rat flea vector h. R. rickettsii- causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever, is the most dangerous Rickettsia pathogen and transmitted by the ticks, Dermacentor variabilis and Dermacentor andersoni i. R. prowazekii- causes epidemic typhus is transmitted by the lice vector, and is the closest known relative to mitochondria through genome sequencing  

3 Tick vectors for Rocky Mountain spotted fever- Dermacentor variabilis and Dermacentor andersoni
American dog tick Rocky Mountain wood tick

4 Mitochondrion Rickettsia
Genetic analysis indicates that the mitochondrial genome is most closely related to Rickettsia Mitochondrion Rickettsia

5 Rickettsias are small encapsulated bacteria that are intracellular obligate parasites

6 Damage to the permeability of capillaries is demonstrated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

7 Dr. Stanislaus von Prowazek
Dr. Howard Taylor Ricketts -when researching the characteristics of Rickettsias, Ricketts injected himself with R. rickettsii in order to measure its effects -later when studying the disease typhus, he ultimately died from this disease Dr. Stanislaus von Prowazek -von Prowazek’s study of typhus led to his dead also -R. prowazekii was named in his honor

8 2. Agrobacterium tumefaciens a
2. Agrobacterium tumefaciens a. plant pathogen that causes crown gall disease (plant cancer) b. bacteria contains the Ti plasmid c. Ti plasmid has a T (tumor) gene for inducing crown gall in plants d. makes a protein called opines Crown gall in tomato plant stems

9 Crown gall in the roots of a plant

10 A. tumefaciens invading plant cells

11 Ti plasmid with the T-DNA gene - tumors are inserted by the conjugative transfer of a DNA segment (T-DNA)

12 Rhizobium forming root nodules
3. Azospirillum a. grow in soil, using nutrients excreted by plants b. fix nitrogen for green plants 4. Rhizobium a. fix nitrogen and form nodules in the roots of plants Rhizobium forming root nodules

13 4. Rhodopseudomonas palustris a. purple non sulfur bacteria b
4. Rhodopseudomonas palustris a. purple non sulfur bacteria b. can grow with or without oxygen; it can use light, inorganic c. compounds, or organic compounds for energy; it can acquire carbon from either carbon dioxide fixation or green plant-derived compounds; and it also fixes nitrogen

14 B. Class: Beta Proteobacteria 1. Neisseria N. meningitidis causes a
B. Class: Beta Proteobacteria 1. Neisseria N. meningitidis causes a. meningococcal meningitis, is an inflammation of the meninges b. approximately 2500 to 3500 cases of meningitis infection occur annually in the United States c. lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of the cell wall acts as a powerful endotoxin

15 N. gonorrhoeae a. sexually transmitted disease that causes gonorrhoea b. transmitted via sexual contact c. sometimes called "the clap"

16 N. gonorrhoeae attacking human tissue

17 C. Class: Gamma Proteobacteria largest subgroup of Proteobacteria includes the bacteria (enterics) that inhabit the intestine 1. Psuedomonas aeruginosa a. opportunistic microbe responsible for many nosocomial infections b. causes septicemia, meningitis, infections of urinary system, burn infections, and wound infections c. genome contains many novel genes not found in other bacteria d. produce enzymes digest pesticides, oil, soap residues, antiseptics e. can reside in soap residues, cap liner adhesive and some antiseptics f. show a great deal of resistance to antibiotics g. secretes a blue water soluble pigment h. spoils refrigerated foods

18 Psuedomonas aeruginosa and the characteristic blue, water soluble pigment it producers

19 P. aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen

20 can cause conjunctivitis or pink eye
2. Moraxella a. Moraxella lacunata can cause conjunctivitis or pink eye b. Moraxella catarrhalis fastidious, nonmotile, diplococcus that can cause infections of the respiratory system, middle ear, eye, central nervous system, and joints

21 3. Legionella pneumophili a. sometimes called Legion Fever b
3. Legionella pneumophili a. sometimes called Legion Fever b. the disease caused by Legionella is called legionellosis, a pneumonia-like condition c. first identified during a flu-like outbreak at a convention attended by the Legionaires (USA war veterans) in Philadelphia on July 1977 d. 221 Legionaires were hospitalized and 34 died e. finally isolated with buffered charcoal-yeast extract agar f. colonizes cooling towers of conditioning systems and hot air lines in buildings

22 Legionella pneumophili


24 4. Vibrio a. V. cholerae causes cholera b
4. Vibrio a. V. cholerae causes cholera b. transmission occurs primarily by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated by the feces of an infected person c. the severity of the diarrhea and vomiting can lead to rapid dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, and death in some cases

25 Individual suffering with V. cholerae

26 5. Yersinia pestis a. discovered in 1894 by Alexandre Yersin b
5. Yersinia pestis a. discovered in 1894 by Alexandre Yersin b. infection takes three main forms: pneumonic, septicemic and bubonic plague c. high-mortality rates from all three forms- 30% to 60% lethality rate d. without treatment, the bubonic plague kills about two thirds of infected humans within 4 days e. bubonic plague is responsible for the death of 1/3 of the population of Europe between 1347 and 1353 and is spread between rodents and fleas

27 Oriental rat flea, Xenopsylla cheopsis, the vector for bubonic plague

28 Yersinia pestis

29 Medieval scene of the bubonic plague

30 99% of the bacteria come from about 30 or 40 species
Enterobacteriales somewhere between 300 and 1000 different species of bacteria live in the gut 99% of the bacteria come from about 30 or 40 species facultative anaerobe inhabit intestine permanently by mutualism, commensalism, or as pathogens all have fimbriae that helps them adhere to cell surface produce bacteriocins that cause the lysis of other bacteria coliforms are enterics that metabolize lactose, E. coli is a coliform bacteria coliforms are commonly used bacterial indicators of sanitary quality of foods and water coliforms are abundant in the feces of warm-blooded animals, but can also be found in the aquatic environment, in soil and on vegetation they are easy to culture and their presence is used to indicate that pathogenic organisms of fecal origin may be present

31 a. one of the most common human intestinal symbiotic bacteria and
7. Escherichia coli a. one of the most common human intestinal symbiotic bacteria and the most studied bacteria b. its presence in food and water is an indicator of fecal contamination c. not usually pathogenic but can cause urinary infections d. O157:H7 strain is a source of dangerous food poisoning

32 8. Salmonella a. Daniel Salmon first to identify salmonella b. all considered pathogenic c. inhabits intestinal tract of poultry, cattle, and humans d. all Salmonella species are classified as S. enterica e. S. enterica is divided into 2400 serovars f. S. typhi causes typhoid fever g. S. typhimurium used by researchers in the Ames assay

33 Common foods harboring Salmoella

34 Mary Mallon- Carried the distinction of being the first “healthy carrier” of Typhoid Fever discovered in the US


36 9. Shigella a. causes bacillary dysentery

37 10. Klebsiella a. K. pneumoniae capsulated bacteria that causes pneumonia

38 11. Serratia produces an orange-red pigment called prodigiosin can cause urinary, respiratory, wound and eye infections

39 12. Proteus P. vulgaris are opportunistic microorganisms that can cause urinary and wound infections peritrichous flagela make them highly motile bacteria

40 13. Enterobacter a. E. cloacae -sometimes associated with urinary tract and respiratory infections  

41 14. Erwinia

42 D. Class: Delta Proteobacteria
1. Bdellovibrio a. lives in the periplasmic space of gram negative bacteria and causes lysis of host bacteria

43 E. Class: Epsilon Proteobacteria 1. Helicobacter pylori a
E. Class: Epsilon Proteobacteria 1. Helicobacter pylori a. identified in 1982 by Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, who found that it was present in patients with chronic gastritis and gastric ulcers b. H. pylori weakens the protective mucous coating of the stomach and duodenum, which allows acid to get through to the sensitive lining beneath c. both the acid and bacteria irritate the lining and cause a sore, or ulcer d. H. pylori is able to survive in stomach acid because it secretes enzymes that neutralize the acid allowing it to make its way to the protective mucous linings

44 Helicobacter pylori

45 III. Nonproteobacteria 1
 III. Nonproteobacteria Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) photosynthetic oxygenic bacteria a. Anabaena filamentous cyanobacteria b. Gleocapsa colonial cyanobacteria    

46 Oscillatoria and a cyanobacteria “mat”

47 Rise in oxygen amounts in the ocean over time

48 IV. Chlamydiae 1. Chlamydia a. C.trachomatis b. C. pneumoniae

49 V. Spirochaetes -move by axial filaments

50 1. Borrelia burgdorferi causes Lyme disease a
1. Borrelia burgdorferi causes Lyme disease a. predominant in North America, but also exists in Europe, and is the agent of Lyme disease b. it is a vector borne disease transmitted by the deer tick

51 Familiar “bulls eye” characteristic of Lyme disease and the deer tick vector

52 2. Treponema pallidum a. is a motile spirochete that causes syphilis b. it is generally acquired by close sexual contact

53 Primary syphilis Secondary syphilis

54 -usually enters a host through a wound to the skin
VI. Phylum: Firmicutes low guanine-cytosine ratio gram-positive Clostridium -Clostridia are anaerobic, spore-forming rods produce powerful exotoxins a. C. tetani -usually enters a host through a wound to the skin -produces the exotoxin, tetanospasmin -the genes that produce the toxins are encoded on a plasmid -tetanospasmin is a neurotoxin that causes the clinical manifestations of tetanus



57 b. C. botulinum -tolerate very small traces of oxygen due to the enzyme superoxide dimutase (SOD) which is an important antioxidant defense when exposed to oxygen -C. botulinum is normally harmless to humans, but it can become infected by a virus and become dangerous -the virus DNA gets integrated into the bacterial genome, causing C. botulinum to produce the neurotoxin, botulinum, the most toxic exotoxin known



60 Botox is produced from botulism

61 c. C. perfringens -can cause food poisoning -is the most common bacterial agent for gas gangrene -gas gangrene is necrosis and putrefaction of tissues -the toxin involved in gas gangrene is known as alpha toxin which inserts into the plasma membrane of cells, producing gaps in the membrane that disrupt normal cellular function -gas production forms bubbles of gas in muscle (crepitus) -after rapid and destructive local spread (which can take hours), systemic spread of bacteria and bacterial toxins may result in death


63 Gas gangrene

64 d. C. difficile (C. diff) -causes the most severe diarrhea when gut flora have been wiped out by antibiotics (broad spectrum) -can lead to pseudomembranous colitis, a severe inflammation of the colon -relapses of C. difficile in up to 20% of cases -transmitted from person to person by the fecal-oral -once spores are ingested by a patient, they pass through the stomach and germinate into vegetative cells in the colon upon exposure to bile acids, and multiply

65 C. difficile Pseudomembranous colitis

66 2. Mycoplasma -Mycoplasma pneumoniae -extremely small, pleimorphic bacteria -atypical pneumonia -0.1 – 0.24 um

67 3. Staphylococcus -S. aureus -can live at 60 degrees Celsius for one hour -lives 10 to 46 degrees Celsius -live in extreme pH environments -facultative halophile -very resistant to antibiotics -31 species -80,000 deaths per year in the US -produce many enterotoxins -produce biofilms -can cause food poisoning -commonly lives on the skin and mucous membrane

68 Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
In simple terms it is a staph infection that has morphed over time making it resistant to the most used antibiotics. Most people who contract MRSA do so in the hospital. This is because people in the hospital have weak immune systems from being sick and or they have open wounds which allow the bacteria to get in their body. It is also a problem in other confined setting such as prisons, daycare centers, nurseries and also in athletes who share locker rooms and gyms. MRSA is highly contagious and can cause severe health problems and even death if not treated in time. MRSA is a type of bacteria that causes a variety of infections that belong to the Staphylococcus family. Although the bacteria are resistant to most antibiotics it does respond to vancomycin and some other antibiotics.

69 MRSA Infection

70 Osteomyelitis

71 Infective endocarditis inflammation of the innermost surface of the heart

72 -different toxins may cause toxic shock syndrome
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) -is a very rare but potentially fatal illness caused by a bacterial toxin -different toxins may cause toxic shock syndrome -it is generally caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and has been associated with the use of tampons which has since been taken off the market -Streptococcus pyogenes can also cause this illness

73 Carbuncles and Furuncles carbuncles are large, contagious furuncles are boils on the skin that are abscesses with one or more smaller openings draining pus

74 4. Streptococcus -Rebecca Lancefield identified 17 different types of streptococci (ABC….) -S. pyogenes is a very dangerous member of this group

75 Classification of Streptococcus by Rebecca Lancefield
Group A - Streptococcus pyogenes Group B - Streptococcus agalactiae Group C - Streptococcus equisimilis, Streptococcus equi, Streptococcus zooepidemicus, Streptococcus dysgalactiae Group D – Enterococci, Streptococcus bovis Group E - Streptococcus milleri and mutans Group F - Streptococcus anginosus Group G - Streptococcus canis and Streptococcus dysgalactiae Group H - Streptococcus sanguis Group L - Streptococcus dysgalactiae Group N - Lactococcus lactis Group R&S - Streptococcus suis other Streptococcus species are classified as non-Lancefield Streptococci

76 Streptococcus pyogenes and advanced flesh-eating disease

77 Impetigo

78 Strep throat

79 Scarlet fever

80 5. Bacillus endospore producers endospores in particular are highly resilient, surviving extremes of temperature, low-nutrient environments, and harsh chemical treatment over decades or centuries. a. B. anthracis capsulated causes anthrax

81 B. subtilis

82 B. cereus

83 B. polymyxa

84 B. megaterium

85 6. Listeria monocytogenes -commonly found in soil, streams, sewage, plants, and food -listeriosis is a lethal food-borne infection (25% fatal) -vegetables can become contaminated from the soil, and animals can also be carriers. Listeria has been found in uncooked meats, uncooked vegetables, unpasteurized milk, foods made from unpasteurized milk, and processed foods -Listeria induces macrophage phagocytic uptake but escapes the destruction by lysing the vacuole


87 VII. Phylum: Actinobacteria -high guanine-cytosine ratio, gram
positive 1. Gardnerella vaginalis -pleomorphic -cause vaginitis

88 2. Mycobacterium -M. tuberculosis -acid fast bacteria that causes tuberculosis

89 -M. leprae causes leprosy

90 M. leprae and leprosy

91 VIII. Microbial Diversity
A. Thiomargarita namibiensis - the largest bacteria (750 um)

92 B. Nanobes (nanobacteria) -tiny filamentus structures first found in some rocks and sediments -smallest form of life, 1/10th the size of the smallest known bacteria -no conclusive evidence exists for whether these structures are, or are not, living organisms, and their classification is controversial um in size


94 IX. Domain Archaea A. Phylum: Crenarchaeota 1
IX. Domain Archaea A. Phylum: Crenarchaeota 1. Sulfolobolus -hyperthermophiles B. Phylum: Euryarchaeota 1. Methanobacterium -methanogens - inhabit the gut of humans and aid in the digestion of food 2. Halobacterium -extreme halophiles

95 Methanogens


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