Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 157–165 | Cite as

Mechanism of bacterial adaptation to low temperature

  • M. K. Chattopadhyay


Survival of bacteria at low temperatures provokes scientific interest because of several reasons. Investigations in this area promise insight into one of the mysteries of life science —namely, how the machinery of life operates at extreme environments. Knowledge obtained from these studies is likely to be useful in controlling pathogenic bacteria, which survive and thrive in cold-stored food materials. The outcome of these studies may also help us to explore the possibilities of existence of life in distant frozen planets and their satellites.

Key words

Antarctic cold adaptation low temperature psychrophiles 

Abbreviations used


antifreeze proteins


cold-shock proteins


heat shock proteins


thermal hysteresis


viable but nonculturable


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. K. Chattopadhyay
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Cellular and Molecular BiologyHyderabadIndia

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