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7.21 Microbial Physiology





The materials and information for this class can be found on Stellar.



Course Description



Biochemical properties of bacteria and other microorganisms that enable them to grow under a variety of conditions. Interaction between bacteria and bacteriophages. Genetic and metabolic regulation of enzyme action and enzyme formation. Structure and function of components of the bacterial cell envelope. Protein secretion with a special emphasis on its various roles in pathogenesis.

Additional topics include symbiosis, quorum sensing, global responses to DNA damage, and biofilms.