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What are the 4 stages of early cells?

1. Abiotic synthesis of organic molecules
2. Polymerization into macromolecules
3. Packaging into Protocells
4. Origen of self replicating molecules enabling inheritance


What are early organic compounds?

Water vapour condenses into oceans and volcanic gas


What produced many amino acids and other organic molecules?

A reducing environment and activation energy


What is abiotic synthesis of macromolecules?

Organic molecules that can spontaneously come from polymers just by dripping onto a hot substrate such as sand, clay or rock


What are Protocells?

Aggregates of abiotically produced organic molecules which are enclosed by a membrane or similar structure


What are liposomes?

Membrane-bound droplets that can form when lipid are added to water


What was the first inheritance molecule?



What were early Protocells?

Were likely more effective at using resources and therefore likely increase due to natural selection


Why is double stranded DNA more stable than RNA?

Larger genomes that can store much more information and more stable molecules and ensures few copying errors


What are prokaryotes?

They are mostly microscopic what they lack in size they make up in numbers. Number of prokaryotes in one handful of soil is greater than the number of people who have ever lived


What is Cyanobacteria?

The greatest impact of any organism in the history of earth


What are the three most common shapes of prokaryotic cells?

Spheres(cocci), rods (bacilli) and spirals(spirilla)


What is the crucial feature of nearly all prokaryotes?

Cell wall: maintains cell shape, provides physical protection and prevents the cell from bursting in a hypotonic environment. Made of peptidoglycan


What is the Gram stain?

It is used to classify many bacterial species into two groups based on cell wall composition. Gram-positive traps crystal violet and Gram negative the crystal violet is rinsed away revealing red dye


What is the capsule?

The cell wall of many prokaryotes that is covered by a sticky layer of polysaccharide or protein


What are pili or fimbriae?

They help prokaryotes stick to the substrate or other individuals in the colony


How do prokaryotes move?

Propel themselves by flagella


What does the typical prokaryotic genome consist of?

-Has less DNA than the eucaryotic genome
-Most of the genome consists of circular chromosomes
-Some species of bacteria also have similar rings of DNA called plasmids


What are the four models of nutrition ?

1. Phototroughs obtain energy from light
2. Chemotrophs obtain energy from chemicals
3. Autotrophs use carbon dioxide as a carbon source
4. Heterotrophs use organic nutrients to make organic compounds


What are the different metabolic relationship with O2?

-Obligate aerobes require oxygen
- Facultative anaerobes can survive with or without oxygen
- Obligate anaerobes are poisoned by oxygen


What is nitrogen metabolism?
What is nitrogen fixation?

Nitrogen is critical for building amino acids and nucleic acid's
Some prokaryotes convert atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia


What is metabolic cooperation?

Cooperation between prokaryotes that allows them to use environmental resources they cannot use as individual cells


How do prokaryotes reproduce?

By binary fission. Offspring are generally identical


What comes from genetic recombination?

- Additional diversity
- Prokaryotic DNA from different individuals can be brought together by transformation, transduction and conjugation


What is transformation? Transduction?

Transformation is when a prokaryotic cell can incorporate foreign DNA from the surrounding environment
Transduction is the movement of genes between bacteria by bacteriophages


What is conjugation?

Genetic transfer between bacterial cells. Sex pili allows cells to connect and pull together for DNA transfer


What is the F factor?

A piece of DNA that is required for the production of sex pili. The F factor can exist as a separate plasmid or have DNA within the bacterial chromosome


What are bacteria?

Include the mass majority of prokaryotes most people are aware of


What are proteobacteria?

Gram-negative bacteria that include photoautotrophs, chemoautptrophs, and heterotrophs


What evolved from Alpha Proteobacteria?

Mitochondria through Endosymbiosis