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Explain the properties of a bacteria cytoplasmic membrane

Fluid-mosaic model, embedded proteins, somewhat fluid, stabilized by hydrogen bonds, hydrophobic interactions and ionic bonds


What are capsules and slime layers

Polysaccharide layers that assist in attachment to surfaces and protect against phagocytosis


What are gas vesicles

spindle shaped. gas filled structures made of protein and confer buoyancy in planktonic cells and are impermeable to water


What is the sec system

Collection of proteins that effect translocation for most of the proteins through the membrane of the cell.


What do sec proteins carry

An N-terminal tag called the leader sequence


What does the leader sequence do

Prompts the cell to translocate a protein through the membrane of the cell


What is the two-component regulatory system

A system where prokaryotes regulate cellular metabolism in response to environmental fluctuations


What is quorom sensing

Mechanism by which bacteria assess their population density, ensures a sufficient number of cells are present before initiating a response that requires certain cell density


What are antisense RNAs (small RNA)

Antisense RNA regulates or promotes mRNA translation, transcription of antisense RNA increases when target gene needs to be turned off


What are trans-sRNAs (small RNA)

trans-sRNA binds to mRNA with the help of small proteins called RNA chaperones to regulate translation and increase/decrease stability of mRNA


What are Riboswitches

RNA domains in an mRNA molecule that can bind small molecules to control translation of mRNA.


What are point mutations

Mutations that change only one base pair, can lead to silent, missense or nonsense mutations.


What are induced mutations

Mutations made environmentally or deliberately (exposure from UV or radiation)


What are transposable elements

Segments of DNA that can move from one site to another site on the same or a different molecule.


What is a plasmid

Genetic elements that replicate independently of the host chromosome


Difference between selectable and non-selectable mutations

Selectable mutations have a growth advantage over the parent in specific conditions, where as non-selectable dont and are hard to detect.


What is the purpose of genome sequencing

Identify new components of cells, therapeutic advantages and replication advantages


What is shot-gun sequencing

DNA is broken up into small fragments and then reassembling the sequences by looking for regions of overlap using a computer to find the whole genome sequence