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Prokaryotic Cell Structure. Bacteria – shape and size Bacteria are believed to be the first cell to evolve – have no clear membrane bound nucleus or organelles.

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1 Prokaryotic Cell Structure

2 Bacteria – shape and size Bacteria are believed to be the first cell to evolve – have no clear membrane bound nucleus or organelles Bacteria vary in size and shape Coccus In pairs diplococcus. eg. Neisseria.sp. Long chains – Streptococcus sp. Irregular grape like clumps - Staphylococcus sp. Tetrads eg. Micrococcus sp.



5 Epulopiscium fishelsoni grows as large as 600 µm by 800 µm, a little smaller than a printed hyphen. Exceptionally large bacteris

6 Bacillus: rod shape eg. Bacillus spp. –Coccobacilli –The shape of the rod’s end often varies –Some bacteria form long multinucleate filaments – eg. Actinomycetes Sprillum: long rods twisted into spirals or helix –spirilla (rigid) spirochetes (if flexible) Size: –Mycoplasma are only 100 - 200 nm in diameter –E. coli is 1.1 to 1.5 µm wide by 2.0 to 6.0 µm. long, – Spirochetes - size reaches 500 µm in length

7 Structure and function of prokaryotes Membrane systems prokaryotic and eukaryotic membranes are similar in structure Membranes of eukaryotic microorganisms serve to compartmentalize cell contents into organelles Prokaryotic organisms contain only a single membranous structure, cytoplasmic mebrane or plasma membrane measures 4 – 5 nm thick

8 permeability barrier of the cell involve in complex biochemical processes respiration membranes are formed of a lipid bilayer, made of phospholipids fatty acid portion hydrophobic, glycerol phosphate part hydrophilic hydrophilic parts are exposed to the aqueous external environment

9 the inner and outer sides of the cytoplasmic membrane have different properties property of ‘sidedness’ is of great importance overall structure of a membrane is maintained by hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic interactions (Mg 2+, Ca 2+ ) help to stabilize the structure Eucaryotic membranes differentiated from those of prokaryotes with sterols Mycoplasmas, contain sterols

10 Plasma Membrane Layer of phospho-lipids and proteins that separates cytoplasm from external environment. Regulates flow of material in and out of cell.

11 Cell walls Bacterial cell wall is unique two broad categories, Gram positive and gram negative Gram positive bacteria have a thick, single layered wall. Gram negative - complex multilayered wall thin Peptidoglycan layer is present in the cell walls In Gram positive bacteria, bulk of the wall is peptidoglycan Gram-negative it accounts for only the innermost layer

12 Peptidoglycan consists N-acetylmuramic acid (NAM) and N-acetylgucosamine (NAG) linked by bonds described as β1-4 linkages Gram positive cell walls contain another polymer called teichoic acid Mycobacterium, Corynebacterium contain waxy esters of mycolic acids

13 Cell Wall Rigid peptidoglycan - polysaccharide coat that gives the cell shape and surround the cytoplasmic mem- brane. Offers protection from environment.

14 Bacterial cell surface (Fimbriae and Pili) Some bacteria possess additional hair like structures called fimbriae shorter than flagella but numerous to stick to a surface Pili – specialised pili - conjugation process Glycocalyx (Slime / capsule) Glycoclyx consists of polysaccharides, with glycoprotein Hinders the engulfing (phagocytosis) Also prevents desiccation.

15 PILI Short protein appendagesShort protein appendages Smaller than flagellaSmaller than flagella Adhere bacteria to surfacesAdhere bacteria to surfaces Used in conjugation for Exchange of genetic informationUsed in conjugation for Exchange of genetic information Aid Flotation byAid Flotation by increasing buoyancy increasing buoyancy

16 Nucleoid Region of the cytoplasm where chromosomal DNA is located. Usually a singular, circular chromosome. Smaller circles of DNA called plasmids (extra chromosomal DNA) are also located in cytoplasm.

17 Nucleoid Prokaryotic DNA is in circular form lack a nuclear envelope Bacterial DNA not associated with proteins The DNA is highly coiled Plasmids extrachromosdmal circular DNA

18 Ribosomes Translate the genetic code into proteins. Free-standing and distributed throughout the cytoplasm. Bacterial ribosomes have two sub units 50S and 30S

19 Flagella hair-like structures called flagella (14 – 20 nm diameter) rotate like a ship’s propeller protein called Flagellin, flagellar subunits basal body rotates the flagellum to cause movement of the cell Arrangement of flagella Monotrichous: Eg. Vibrio cholerae Amphitrichous : Eg. Spirillum volutans Lophotrichous: Eg. Alcalegenes faecalis Peritrichous: Eg. E.coli


21 MonotrichousLophotrichous AmphitrichousPeritrichous

22 Chemotaxis and Motility Chemotaxis is the movement of an organism towards or away from a chemical Positive chemotoxis movement towards a chemical (attractant); negative chemotaxis movement away from a chemical (repellent) Bacterial movement is characterized by runs and tumbles when an attractant present it is marked by larger runs and less frequent tumbles

23 Mesosome Infolding of cell membrane. Possible role in cell division. Increases surface area. Photosynthetic pigments or respira-tory chains here. Http://

24 Other structures Inclusion bodies for storage of materials Poly-β – hydroxybutyric acid (PHB), Granules of polyphosphate, volutin granules matachromatic granules generation of ATP and other cell costitutions

25 Bacterial endospores Bacterial endospore is not a reproductive structure Resistant to harsh environmental conditions Bacillus and Clostridium produce endospores Endospore is more complex than the vegetative cell Dipicolinic acid (DPA) Sporulation occurs due to environmental stress

26 Spore formation The sporulation process occurs in four successive stages Preparatory stage Forespore stage Stage of cell wall formation Maturation stage

27 Other Prokaryotes Actinomycetes (The Filamentous Bacteria) aerobic, high G-C percentage gram­-positive bacteria form branching filaments or hyphae and asexual spores closely resemble fungi in overall morphology aerial hyphae, substrate hyphae Septa aerial hyphae reproduce asexually Most actinomycetes are non-motile they break down hard organic materials like newspaper

28 Growth of Actinomycetes on agar plate 1. Chain of Conidiospores (Conidia) 2. Aerial Hyphae 3. Agar Surface 4. Substrate Hyphae

29 Spirochaetes Gram-negative bacteria, long, helically coiled (spiral-shaped) cells. Chemoheterotrophic lengths between 5 and 250 µm diameters around 0.1-0.6 µm Flagella called axial filaments, cell membrane and outer membrane cause a twisting motion which spirochaete will undergo asexual transverse binary fission Most spirochaetes are free-living and anaerobic

30 Classification three families (Brachyspiraceae, Leptospiraceae, Spirochaetaceae), Disease-causing members of this phylum Leptospira species, Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia recurrentis, Treponema pallidum

31 Spirochaetes Treponema pallidum spirochetes

32 Cyanobacteria Cyanobacteria, blue-green algae, blue-green bacteria obtain their energy through photosynthesis significant component of the marine nitrogen cycle and an important primary producer

33 The cyanobacteria were classified into five sections, I-V. Chlorococcales, Pleurocapsales, Oscillatoriales, Nostocales and Stigonematales

34 Mycoplasma Mycoplasmas lack a cell wall unaffected by many common antibiotics such as penicillin beta-lactam antibiotics parasitic or saprotrophic pathogenic in humans, M. pneumoniae, Mycoplasma is by definition restricted to vertebrate hosts Cholesterol is required for the growth

35 Cell wall structure M. pneumoniae cells are of small size and pleomorphic Mycoplasmas are unusual among bacteria – possess sterols for the stability of their cytoplasmic membrane low GC-content

36 Rickettsiae Rickettsia is a genus of motile, Gram-negative, pleomorphic bacteria present as cocci, rods thread- like Obligate intracellular parasites, survival depends on entry, growth, and replication within the cytoplasm of eukaryotic host cells cannot live in artificial nutrient environments are grown either in tissue or embryo cultures Rickettsia carried as parasites by cause diseases typhus, rickettsialpox, Boutonneuse fever, African Tick Bite Fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Australian Tick Typhus


38 Archaebacteria (Archaea) Archaea although look like bacteria are not closely related to them divided into two evolutionary lineages based on rRNA sequences, crenarchaeotae, Euryarcheotae Crenarchaeotae grow at high temperatures and metabolize elemental sulfur Euryarchaetoes are methanogens some grow aerobically very high concentrations of salt Archaea possess membrane lipids of branched- chain hydrocarbons bound to one or two glycerol molecules by ether bonds

39 ARCHAEA HalobacteriaHalobacteria sp


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