Protozoa as reservoirs for pathogenic bacteria

Baković, Vid (2008) Protozoa as reservoirs for pathogenic bacteria. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Interactions between pathogenic bacteria and protozoa are becoming thoroughly understood. There are bacteria which become pathogenic only after they interact with a protozoa. Protozoa are microorganisms that are very well adapted to the various conditions on Earth today. It has been proven that a variety of bacteria are using these adaptations for their own advantages. These advantages are a wider living area under a big variety of environmental conditions and a more complex system of infection that allows them to infect more complex organisms. In this essay L. pneumophila and S. enterica are the two bacteria used as role models for prokaryotic and eukaryotic interactions, while in the same time Acanthamoeba castellani and the genus Tetrahymena are used as role models for these interactions as protozoans. Interactions between protozoa and bacteria have been well known of but it is only today that we are realizing their significance in bacteria development and survival. Research in this field may be vital for holding a dominant role against desease caused by pathogenic bacteria.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Matoničkin Kepčija, Renata
Date: 2008
Number of Pages: 9
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2014 12:08
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2014 12:08

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