Bacterial cell death- as programmed?

Sat Feb 11 11:32:09 EST 1995

It is difficult to understand your question, but I would return
by asking you two questions: 1.  How could you tell that an
individual bacterium has died?  2.  Why would you assume that this
death might be programmed?  It strikes me that, for an organism
1-10 um in size, any weakness in its energetics would condemn it
to death by osmotic lysis or protein precipitation owing to loss
of control of intracellular pH.
Richard A. Lockshin/Dept. Biol. Sci. St. John's U. 8000 Utopia Pkwy
Jamaica NY 11439 USA/Phone 718: 990-1854/ Fax 718: 380-8543
In article <01HMSZGEJ1MG0009BX at> AKIM at ARSERRC.GOV writes:
>I am reposting this message before posting results of last message.
>I am interested in the bacterial cell death (as a single cell rather
>than poupilation of bacteria).  Many scientists fucuss on the fact of
>total population response at stationary phase (such as induction of
>stationary phase related gene production).  Cell death at stationary
>phase is dependent upon intrinsic factors of each individual cells as
>everybody agreed.
>However, my question is why a cell (to be dead) could accumulated
>intrinsic factors leading cell death and what is the intrinsic factors.
>Again, a single cell in heterogeneous population at a certain bacterial
>growth stage can decides its fate whether to be going to be dead or
>alive.  But, how?
>I will appreciate any input.
>Thank you for your time and consideration.
>Augustine Kim

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