The Physiology of Growth

The Physiology of Growth

1st Edition - January 1, 1962

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  • Editor: I.C. Gunsalus
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323163002

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The Bacteria, Volume IV: The Physiology of Growth focuses on the biochemical phenomena that are expressed at the level of the intact microbial cell and of the growing cell. This book explores the structure, metabolism, and biosynthesis of bacteria. Organized into nine chapters, this volume starts with an overview of the growth requirements, metabolic pathways, individual enzymes, and a variety of other components and functions of the bacterial cell. This text then analyzes the genetic organization of bacteria and explains the nuclear division in bacteria. Other chapters consider the effects of physical environment upon the growth of microorganisms. This book discusses as well the methods for obtaining bacterial cultures by manipulating environmental factors. The final chapter deals with chemotherapeutic drugs, which are valuable tools in the investigation of bacterial organization and function. Bacteriologists, microbiologists, biochemists, microbial physiologists, and cell physiologists interested in the study of bacteria will find this book extremely useful.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors to Volume IV


    Contents of Volume I

    Contents of Volume II

    Contents of Volume III

    Contents of Volume V

    1. Synchronous Growth

    I. Introduction

    II. Technical and Theoretical Problems

    III. Synchronization Experiments: Methods, Applications, and Interpretations


    2. Nutritional Requirements of Microorganisms

    I. Introduction

    II. Energy Sources for Microbial Growth

    III. Nutritional Factors Utilized for Synthesis of Cell Materials

    IV. Effect of Nutrition on Specialized Cellular Functions

    V. Application of Knowledge of Microbial Nutrition


    3. Ecology of Bacteria

    I. Introduction

    II. General Characteristics of Microbial Ecosystems

    III. Criteria for Adequacy of Ecological Analyses

    IV. Kinds of Bacteria in Nature

    V. Identification of Activities in Habitats

    VI. Quantitative Study of Bacterial Ecosystems


    4. Exoenzymes

    I. Introduction

    II. Definitions: Theoretical and Operational

    III. A Survey of Exoenzymes

    IV. Surface Enzymes

    V. Chemical and Physicochemical Properties

    VI. Physiology of Formation

    VII. Possible Mechanisms of Liberation

    VIII. Conclusion and Summary


    5. Permeation

    I. Introduction

    II. ß-Galactoside Permease in Escherichia coli

    III. Galactose Permease in Escherichia coli

    IV. Maltose Permease in Escherichia coli

    V. Glucuronide Permease in Escherichia coli

    VI. The Bacterial α-Glucoside Permease

    VIL Amino Acid Permeases

    VIII. Transport of Inorganic Ions

    IX. Some Other Permeation Systems

    X. Physiological Consequences and Significance of Permeases

    XL Mechanism


    6. Physiology of Sporulation

    I. Introduction

    II. Genetic Control of Sporulation

    III. The Ontogeny of the Spore

    IV. Induction of Sporulation

    V. Influence of Oxygen

    VI. Derivation of Spore Components

    VII. Liberation of Spores from Vegetative Cells

    VIII. Conclusion


    7. Temperature Relationships

    I. Temperature and the Rate of Chemical Reactions

    II. The Effect of Temperature on the Rate of Bacterial Growth

    III. Variation among Bacteria with Respect to Temperature Response

    IV. The Effect of Temperature on the Composition of the Bacterial Cell

    V. Temperature and Bacterial Nutrition

    VI. Death of Bacteria at Temperature Extremes


    8. Halophilism

    I. Introduction

    II. Occurrence of Halophilic Bacteria

    III. The Halophilic Bacteria

    IV. Effect of Salt on Nonhalophilic Bacteria

    V. Physiological Characteristics of the Halophilic Bacteria

    VI. Biochemical Characteristics of the Halophilic Bacteria


    9. Antimicrobial Agents: Mechanism of Action and Use in Metabolic Studies

    I. Introduction

    II. Metabolite Analogs

    III. Antibiotics

    IV. Concluding Remarks


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 474
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1962
  • Published: January 1, 1962
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323163002

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