Microbiology 3302 Spring 2013 – Getting Friendly with Bacteria

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    Hi, I am chlamydia trachomatis. I’m not a bacteria you would want to mess with. Here are some things about me:

    I am gram negative nonproteobacteria. I stand out from other gram negative bacteria because I have a unique cell wall, which is also a virulence factor for me. My cell wall is not perceptible to phagocytes so I can have intracellular division and spread. I’m a loner so I only grow inside cells and I’m non-motile. I’m aerobic and an obligate intracellular parasite so I can’t take vacations away from my my comfort zone the human cell. I have an unique life cycle. Please see the diagram I’ve attached. My shape can be rod or cocci depending on my mood. I am part of the family chlamydia. Chlamydia pneumonia and chlamyophilia psittaci are close family members. My friends are the class Chlamydiae.

    I’m popular but not in a good way. I’m the leading cause of sexually transmitted diseases in the world. It’s a lot of pressure to live up to. As a sexually transmitted disease I wreak a lot of havoc. I can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), cervicitis,, ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women. I also cause prostatitis and epididymitis in men and neonatal infections. Once I infect the eye, I can cause blindness-trachoma. I don’t discriminate and cause urethritis in both men and women. I’m also awesome because often I’m asymptomatic. You may never know I growing in your cells.

    Good news for you and bad news for me is that I am treatable. I’m susceptible to antibiotics.

    MicrobeWiki: Chlamydia: http://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Chlamydia
    Rosenquest, Lance,http://www.austincc.edu/microbio/2421a/ct.htm
    Chlamydia trachomatis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlamydia_trachomatis


    R Wong

    Hi cousin, it would be great to meet up, let’s plan a family get together in someone’s eye!

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