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Programmed Cell Death and Lysis in Bacteria and the Benefits for Survival.

Boonstra, M. (2009) Programmed Cell Death and Lysis in Bacteria and the Benefits for Survival. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

Bacterial cell death is an interesting phenomenon because it plays a crucial role in many important processes. Bacterial cell death does not just occur in the late stationary phase when nutrient limitation can lead to starvation. Bacteria are capable of initiating autolysis during certain conditions, such as biofilm formation, competence, sporulation and stress response. One form of lysis is autolysis, bacterial suicide. Autolysis in bacteria constitutes programmed cell death (PCD) because death of the cell is the result of an internal mechanism that can be activated by internal or external signals. But what are the benefits to killing yourself? The answer to this lies in the complex nature of bacterial communities.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:28
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:28
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/8523

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