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Image #   291702D
Name:   Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron - human intestine bacterium
Copyright:   Copyright 2010 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Description:   Caption: Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron - rod-shaped, obligately anaerobic, gram-negative, saccharolytic bacterium. Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron is the most common bacterium found in the human colon / intestinal tract. It is an obligate anaerobic bacterium, which uses various polysaccharides as its source of carbon and energy. Polysaccharides (starch) are the primary form of carbohydrate available for bacterial consumption within the human colon / intestine. Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron is able to use amylose, amylopectin, and pullulan (all three forms of starch) in addition to malto oligosaccharides. B. thetaiotaomicron, being a major bacterium in the human intestine, has been a useful model for the study of human-bacterial symbiosis, as well as for its digestive abilities and potential breakdown of digested plants. Additionally, it is very important during the postnatal transition between mother's milk and a diet heavily consisting of plant starches. Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron is also the second most common infectious anaerobic, gram-negative bacterium. It is considered an opportunistic pathogen, frequently associated with peritonitis, septicemia, and wound infections. B. thetaiotaomicron is capable of causing very serious infections, such as intra-abdominal sepsis and bacteremia. It is resistant to antimicrobial agents, especially penicillin, which is a cause for major concern.
Magnification*: x4,000
Type: SEM
    *(Magnifications are based on a 35mm slide image of 24mm in the narrow dimension.)
Keywords:   291702D 10.01.10 Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron AGNB Bacteroides bacteria bacterium Bacteroidetes Bacteroidales Bacteroidaceae genome sequence genome sequenced gastrointestinal flora gastrointestine flora intestinal flora intestine flora sphingolipid sphingolipids saccharolyte saccharolytes saccharolytic saccharolytic bacteria saccharolytic bacterium anaerobic respiration antibiotic resistant bacilli bacillus biotransformation carbohydrate fermentation decubitus ulcer gastrointestinal tract gram-negative gram negative human flora human infection intestinal tract intestine intra-abdominal infection meningitis obligate anaerobic perirectal abscess rod rod shaped bacterium SEM shunt infection skin infection anaerobic bacteria anaerobic bacterium anaerobe anaerobes obligate anaerobe rod shaped bacteria rod-shaped rod-shaped bacteria rod-shaped bacterium human gut human gut bacteria human gut bacterium polysaccharide polysaccharide digestion polysaccharides starch starch digestion starches amylopectin amylose pullulan malto oligosaccharide malto oligosaccharides maltooligosaccharide maltooligosaccharides human bacteria human bacterium human pathogen opportunistic pathogen opportunistic pathogens pathogen peritonitis septicemia intestinal infection intestinal infections intestine infection intestine infections wound infection wound infections intra abdominal sepsis intra-abdominal sepsis bacteremia bacteria human symbiosis bacteria symbiosis bacteria-human symbiosis bacterial human symbiosis bacterial symbiosis bacterial-human symbiosis human bacteria symbiosis human bacterial symbiosis human-bacteria symbiosis human-bacterial symbiosis symbiosis carbohydrate digestion digestion skin bacterium skin bacteria intestine bacterium intestine bacteria intestinal bacterium intestinal bacteria prokaryote

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