Physiological and Environmental Characteristics

  • Larry L. Barton
  • Dennis A. Bazylinski
  • Huifang Xu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Robert J. C. McLean, Brenda L. Kirkland
    Pages 1-10
  3. Chaithanya Madhurantakam, Stefan Howorka, Han Remaut
    Pages 11-37
  4. Dennis A. Bazylinski, Christopher T. Lefèvre, Brian H. Lower
    Pages 39-74
  5. Sabine Heinhorst, Gordon C. Cannon, Jessup M. Shively
    Pages 75-101
  6. Larry L. Barton, Francisco A. Tomei-Torres, Huifang Xu, Thomas Zocco
    Pages 145-176
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 177-184

About this book


This book is devoted to nanomicrobiology and the nanosystems of bacteria.  The initial chapter discusses some of the controversies in the geochemical and biomedical fields associated with the reports of nanobacteria in the environment. Current knowledge of several internal and surface structures of bacteria is addressed in this book. Included are chapters discussing carboxysomes, S-layers, gliding motility of bacteria, and aggregation of iron to produce nano-magnetite. Information about the activities of outer membrane vesicles produced by Gram-negative bacteria is discussed as a benefit to bacteria that produce it and some potential industrial applications are presented.  A broad review of bacterial-mineral interactions is addressed in a chapter of metallic nanoparticles and colloids production by bacterial reduction of soluble redox active elements. The structures of bacterial nanowires are discussed and their application in extra-cellular electron transport is reviewed. Nanomotor activities of bacteria are discussed as pertains to the mechanics of flagellar rotation, production of energy by ATP synthase, DNA packing, and translocation of proteins across membranes by secretion systems. The rapidly evolving field of nanosystem technology is embracing many areas, and it is the hope that this book will stimulate the use of bacterial nanostructures for future developments in nanotechnology.     


bacteria-metal interactions inorganic metabolism nanobiomotors nanocrystals-bacteria nanostructures of bacteria

Editors and affiliations

  • Larry L. Barton
    • 1
  • Dennis A. Bazylinski
    • 2
  • Huifang Xu
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.School of Life SciencesUniversity of Nevada at Las VegasLas VegasUSA
  3. 3.Department of GeoscienceUniversity of Wisconsin - MadisonMadisonUSA

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