Bacterial physiology and metabolism

Byung Hong Kim, Geoffrey Michael Gadd

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    Abstract

    Recent determination of genome sequences for a wide range of bacteria has made in-depth knowledge of prokaryotic metabolic function essential in order to give biochemical, physiological, and ecological meaning to the genomic information. Clearly describing the important metabolic processes that occur in prokaryotes under different conditions and in different environments, this advanced text provides an overview of the key cellular processes that determine bacterial roles in the environment, biotechnology, and human health. Prokaryotic structure is described as well as the means by which nutrients are transported into cells across membranes. Glucose metabolism through glycolysis and the TCA cycle are discussed, as well as other trophic variations found in prokaryotes, including the use of organic compounds, anaerobic fermentation, anaerobic respiratory processes, and photosynthesis. The regulation of metabolism through control of gene expression and control of the activity of enzymes is also covered, as well as survival mechanisms used under starvation conditions.

    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages529
    ISBN (Electronic)9780511790461
    ISBN (Print)9780521846363
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • Life Sciences
    • Microbiology and Immunology
    • Infectious Disease
    • Medicine

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