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For the IB Diploma Programme Biology Course.

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  1. 1. Prokaryotes Stephen Taylor Image: Hospital-associated MRSA by NIAID on Flickr
  2. 2. Prokaryotes “Before nucleus:” evolutionary precursors to eukaryotes. Escherichia coli (E. coli)
  3. 3. Prokaryotic Cell Parts mesosome cell wall plasma membrane pili cytoplasm nucleoid ribosomes flagella Prokaryotic cell parts are not generally membrane-bound, so we don’t refer to them as organelles. Cell structures animation:
  4. 4. Prokaryotic Cell Parts mesosome cell wall: protective protein-based coating (Gram + / Gram -) plasma membrane: selectively permeable, controls entry & exit of materials to and from the cell. pili: attach to other bacteria for DNA transfer cytoplasm: contains enzymes for metabolic reactions nucleoid: closed-loop of bacterial DNA in a condensed area ribosomes: protein synthesis (transcription & translation) flagella: whiplash-like motion causes movement Cell structures animation:
  5. 5. Prokaryotic Cell Parts mesosomes These don’t really exist naturally as bacterial cell parts, and could be an example of a paradigm shift in thinking. They were observed in some electron micrographs and thought to be in-folds of membrane used for division, respiration or making cell walls… … turns out they are an artifact of the preparation method for some electron microscope images. Cell structures animation:
  6. 6. Past-paper question: E. coli TEM image Identify these structures: I. II. III. IV. Calculate the magnification of the image. Image from IB Biology QuestionBank CDRom – get a copy here:
  7. 7. Past-paper question: E. coli TEM image Identify these structures: I. Plasma membrane II. Cell wall / pili III. Nucleoid IV. Cytoplasm / ribosomes Calculate the magnification of the image. 1. Measure the scale bar in mm. 2. Multiply x 1000 to convert to μm. That is the magnification. How long is the bacterium? Image from IB Biology QuestionBank CDRom – get a copy here:
  8. 8. PROKARYOTES E P R O D U C E through binary fission two-parts splitting
  9. 9. PROKARYOTES binary fission E through P R The closed-loop DNA of the O bacterium makes copies through semi-conservative DNA replication. D U New plasmids are pulled to opposing poles by the spindle fibres. C The bacterium divides in two. E
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  11. 11. How dirty is your phone?
  12. 12. Prokaryotes divide by binary fission. Life cycle of E. coli from:
  13. 13. A man got sick from E. coli after eating old sausages. He’d contracted a porkaryote. Photo: Sausages by Paul Hickman on Flickr (CC)
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