Bacterial endospores and their significance in stress resistance

  title={Bacterial endospores and their significance in stress resistance},
  author={W. Nicholson and P. Fajardo-Cavazos and R. Rebeil and T. A. Slieman and P. J. Riesenman and J. F. Law and Yaming Xue},
  journal={Antonie van Leeuwenhoek},
  • W. Nicholson, P. Fajardo-Cavazos, +4 authors Yaming Xue
  • Published 2004
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
  • In terms of resistance to extreme environmental stresses, the bacterial spore represents a pinnacle of evolution. Spores are highly resistant to a wide variety of physical stresses such as: wet and dry heat, UV and gamma radiation, oxidizing agents, chemicals, and extremes of both vacuum and ultrahigh hydrostatic pressure. Some of the molecular mechanisms underlying spore resistance properties have been elucidated in the laboratory, and involve both: (i) protection of vital spore macromolecules… CONTINUE READING
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