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Session 2: Bacterial Structure and Function

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This section is a session on bacterial structure and function. Micrococcus luteus and Enterobacter aerogenes, are selected as coleaders because they represent two distinct cell wall structures, one called “gram positive,” the other “gram negative." Each demonstrates that bacterial metabolism is not simple; in fact, it is equally as complex as the biochemical reactions taking place in any single human cell. The one shortcoming of the bacteria, to date, has been their inability to assemble and organize into a functional organ, although their aggregation into distinct colonies and the formation of a glycocalyxor biofil provide a means for collective metabolic activities unique to each species. Micrococcus luteus, in particular, has much to say about the wonders of the bacterial structure. Other microorganisms that take the stage include Enterobacter aerogenes starts with an introduction on flagella and then presents a detailed description of the cell structure and how it differs from that of gram-positive or ‘gram-blue.’ Borrelia burgdorferi, Leptospira and Yersinia also take the stage briefly.

Citation: Koneman E. 2002. Session 2: Bacterial Structure and Function, p 58-83. In The Other End of the Microscope. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817930.ch4
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