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Photosynthesis & Chloroplasts 6CO + 6HO CHO + 6O

Heterotroph something which gets its food from other organisms Autotroph creates its own food Photoautotroph uses light & energy to create its own food ATP - Adenosine Triphosphate (3 phosphate groups) - Universal energy source. - Powers cellular processes by building and breaking bonds When we need energy, the third bond is broken by a hydrolysis reaction using ATPase enzyme. ATP The Electron Transport Chain ATP is made as a result of what is used in the electron transport chain. As electrons move along the chain, they lose energy which can be used to drive the synthesis of ATP to ADP & inorganic phosphate. Hydrogen molecules removed from compounds are picked up by other compounds and become reduced. OILRIG (oxidation is loss, reduction is gain) ADP + Pi + energy

Chloroplasts: Structures & Functions

Starch Grain Lamellae

Organelle which contains starch Extension of the Thylakoids (contain PSI) Organelle which contains chlorophyll (and PSI & PSII) found in the Stroma in stacks called Grana. Increase surface area for light capture and allows capture of photons with a wider range of wavelengths. Light Dependant Reactions occur in the Thylakoid Membrane. Stack of Thylakoid discs The space in a chloroplast surrounding the Thylakoids. Contains ribosomes and genetic materials so proteins required for photosynthesis can be synthesised. Also contains starch grains and lipid droplets. Organelle for synthesis of Polypeptides Permeable to most ions and metabolites. Highly specialised with transport proteins

Thylakoids

Grana (granum) Stroma

Ribosomes

Outer Membrane (double membrane) Inner Membrane (double membrane)

Chlorophyll Pigments
There are 5 pigments: - Chlorophyll a - Chlorophyll b - Carotene - Xanthophyll - Phaeophytin

Carotenoids

All parts of the plant do not need to carry out photosynthesis and therefore do not have chloroplasts. The most abundant type of chlorophyll is chlorophyll a which is found in most places. The benefit of having different types is that it is most efficient as each of the pigments absorbs and captures light from particular areas, more energy from the light can be used and photosynthesis is maximised. Plant leaves appear green as all colours apart from green are absorbed so green is reflected back as chlorophyll a is most abundant.

Photosystem I Lamellae Photosystem II Granum Light dependent reactions Thylakoid Membrane Light independent reactions Stroma

LIGHT DEPENDENT REACTIONS


Products of Light Dependent Reactions ATP (energy), Oxygen & Reduced NADP

Takes place on the thylakoid membranes of the chloroplasts. It has 2 main functions: 1. To produce ATP, supplying energy for the synthesis of carbohydrates 2. Split water molecules in a photochemical reaction providing hydrogen ions to reduce CO2 & produce carbohydrates The smallest unit of light energy is a photon. When a photon of light hits a chlorophyll molecule, the energy is transferred to the electrons of that molecule. Photoexcitation occurs & if an electron is raised to a sufficiently high energy level it will leave the chlorophyll molecule completely. The excited electron can be picked up by an electron acceptor (carrier molecule). This in turn results in the synthesis of ATP by one of two processes Cyclic & NonCyclic photophosphorylation.

CYCLIC PHOTOPHOSPHORYLATION
Cyclic photophosphorylation involves only photosystem I & drives the production of ATP. When light hits a chlorophyll molecule, a light excited electron leaves the molecule. It is taken up by an electron acceptor and passed directly along the electron transport chain to produce ATP. When an electron returns to the chlorophyll molecule in PSI, it can then be excited in the same Way.

NON - CYCLIC PHOTOPHOSPHORYLATION


Non cyclic photophosphorylation involves both photosystem I & photosystem II. It splits water molecules to provide reducing power to make carbohydrates. It also produces more ATP. Water dissociates into Hydrogen (H+) ions and hydroxide (OH-) ions, so there are always plenty of these ions present in the cell. A series of Redox Reactions take place. An excited electron from PSI is picked up by an electron acceptor (NADP). The NADP takes up a hydrogen ion from the dissociated water at the same time to form reduced NADP. This reduced NADP is used as a source of reducing power in the light independent reactions of photosynthesis to make glucose. At the same time, an excited electron from PSII is picked up by another electron acceptor and passes along an electron transport chain until it reaches PSI. PSI then receives an electron to replace the one that was lost to the light independent reactions. As the chlorophyll molecule in PSII is short of an electron and unstable, an electron has to be found from somewhere to restore the chlorophyll to its original state. The electron comes from the splitting of water PHOTOLYSIS.

LIGHT INDEPENDENT REACTIONS Carbon dioxide is converted to carbohydrates. These reactions occur in the Stroma of the chloroplasts, surrounding the grana. Carbon dioxide readily diffuses into the chloroplast where it is built up into sugars in a cyclic process called the Calvin cycle.

The Calvin Cycle


Intermediates of the Calvin Cycle: - RuBP (Ribulose Biphosphate) - Rubisco (Ribulose Biphophate Carboxylase/Oxygenase enzyme) - GP (Glycerate 3 phosphate) - TP (Triose phosphate) = GALP (Glyceraldehyde 3 phosphate)

The enzyme Ribisco combines RuBP with CO to form a 6 carbon molecule (unstable) which then splits into 2 GP molecules which are 3 carbons each. These molecules are reduced using ATP energy & H+ from NADPH (from the light dependent reactions) to form 2 GALP molecules (3 carbons each). 1 carbon goes off to make complex molecules; glucose, lipids and amino acids & the other 5 start the process again converting back into RuBP. Products of the Calvin Cycle which pass from independent reaction to dependent reactions are: NADP, ADP & Inorganic Phosphate

ECOSYSTEM
- An ecosystem is a life supporting environment which includes all living organisms which interact together, the nutrients that cycle through the system, and the physical & chemical environment in which the organisms are living. Habitat place where an organism lives Population group of organisms of the same species Community all the populations of different species living in a habitat at any one time. Niche role of an organism, its way of life Abiotic factors non-living elements of the habitat of an organism e.g. sunlight, temperature, soil, ph. Biotic factors living elements of a habitat which affect the ability of a group of organisms to survive there e.g. the presence of suitable prey will affect the number of predators in the habitat

BIOMES
- Major ecosystems devised from the biosphere, distinguished by their similar climates and plant communities. Tropical Rainforest high humidity, warm and plenty of sunlight, rain all year. Savannah dry tropical grassland Tropical Woodland wetter than savannah, grassland with thornwoods, bushes and trees Desert very little rainfall, often extreme of temp. between day and night Taiga evergreen forests in cold subarctic & subalpine regions Tundra very cold, artic & high mountain regions The major biomes have developed over millions of years due to:

SUCCESSION Communities of animals and plants colonise an area, and over time are replaced by other, usually more varied communities

Primary Succession - Rock is uninhabited, due to poor conditions for growth such as no soil or moisture - Pioneer species such as algae or lichens penetrate the bare rock - The pioneer species break the bare rock, this is mixed with the remains of dead pioneer species organisms HUMUS, which creates the foundations of soil - Once soil is established, plants which require soil such as grasses and ferns colonise the area - Upon the death of primary colonisers, more humus is added to the soil, so the nutrient content develops. Roots hold the soil together and retain more water - Secondary colonisers more adapted to the new environment will then colonise the land - Larger trees block the growth of smaller plants, due to competition for sunlight & species diversity drops. - Climax community is self-sustaining & reached where the biodiversity is constant. Not many further changes occur. Secondary Succession

Occurs as rivers shift their courses after fires & floods and disturbances cause by humans. Due to primary succession, the soil is already formed and contains the seeds, tools and soil organisms, which means the number of plants and animals present right from the beginning of the succession, are much higher.

EFFECTS OF ABIOTIC FACTORS


ABIOTIC FACTOR

Light

EFFECT ON ECOSYSTEM IF IN MODERATION Plants depend on light for photosynthesis and must be able to cope in areas with low levels of light.

Temperature

Wind

Water

There is a range of temperatures which allow growth and reproduction for particular organisms. The temperature in an area also affects the rate of enzyme controlled reactions in plants Wind increases water and heat loss from the body ad adds to the environmental stress an organism has to cope with. Water is vital for living organisms

EFFECT ON ECOSYSTEM IF TOO MUCH/LITTLE Some plants are able to reproduce and thrive in low light levels, having extra chlorophyll or other chlorophyll pigments which are sensitive to lower light levels. Animals behaviour may be affected by seasonal light changes, as well as reproductive patterns. Above or below that range, reproduction does not occur, even if the organism survives. It is the extreme of temperature which determines where an organism can live, not the average. Few species can survive in areas with strong prevailing winds while occasional gales and hurricanes can devastate populations. So where the supply is limited it will cause severe problems. Organisms may die if the stress becomes too severe if like camels and cacti, the have adaptations to enable them to survive. The spaces between soil particles contain air so there is plenty of oxygen for the respiration of plant roots. In waterlogged soil, the air spaces are filled with water so plant roots may be deprived of oxygen and may die. Soil that contains high proportion of sand are light, easily worked and warmed. However, also easily drained so water passes through them rapidly, carry with it minerals needed for plants. The opposite occurs for soils made of predominantly tiny clay particles.

Oxygen Conc.

Edaphic Factors (soil structure & mineral content)

Oxygen can be in short supply in both water and soil. When water is cold sufficient oxygen dissolves in it to support life and vice versa. Soil is usually well aerated. Plant populations that are linked by massive root and rhizome networks, such as marram grass can survive in loose, shifting structures such as sand. They bind the sand together which makes it more suited for colonisation by other species.

EFFECT OF BIOTIC FACTORS HOW IT AFFECTS AN ECOSYSTEM Finding a mate Affects the finding a member of biodiversity the opposite sex to allows niches to reproduce with carry on. Larger allele/genetic diversity Territory an area Resources are occupied & defended defended making by an/a group of sure others can get organism (s) from them and continue the same or different reproducing species Parasitism & Disease Diseases can wipe biotic factors which out whole cause weakened populations within animal relationships. a biome Where 1 organism benefits at the others expense TERM & MEANING EXAMPLE A equine species becoming extinct due to reproduction isolation Lions dens

Mixing populations & bringing diseases Wild pigs

Competition - Intraspecific Competition competition for a limited resource between members of the same population or species. As a result of intraspecific competition, some individuals may not survive, or may not reproduce and so population growth slows. - Interspecific Competition occurs when different species within a community compete for the same resources. Competition will reduce the abundance of the competing species.

Energy Transfer In Ecosystem


Gross Primary Productivity (GPP) the rate at which energy is incorporated into plants. Plants use up to 25% of this accumulated energy for metabolic processes. Most importantly, in respiration breaking down glucose to release energy in the form of ATP. Net Primary Productivity (NPP) The rest of energy which is stored in body tissues NPP = GPP Plant Respiration The energy in plant material is available to herbivores, but relatively little of it ends up as new animal material. Much of the energy is used to drive respiration then is lost to the atmosphere as heat energy. Some is lost as chemical energy in metabolic waste products and heat energy in urine. The energy used to make new animal biomass is known as SECONDARY PRODUCTION.

Speciation & Evolution


Mechanisms of Speciation Populations that have been isolated for
millions of years can remain effectively the same species. However, populations living next door to each other can begin to form new species. Reproductive isolation is crucial to speciation and this occurs when fertilisation is prevented (prezygotic) or when the zygote fails or is unable to breed (postzygotic) Sympatric Speciation Occurs when populations are Allopatric Speciation geographically near but other barriers prevent reproduction such as: Occurs when populations are geographically far

Prezygotic Reproductive Barriers - Habitat Isolation


Populations occupy different habitats in the same area, and therefore do not breed

Postzygotic Reproductive Barriers - Low Hybrid Adult


Viability Offspring of two different species are not healthy enough to survive

- Temporal Isolation
Species exist in the same area but are reproductively active at different times of the year

Gametic Isolation Sex cells of opposite sexes are incompatible

- Behavioural
Isolation Speciation populations do not respond to each others mating calls

Low Hybrid Zygote Vigour Zygote fails to develop and dies or produces offspring with severe disability

- Mechanical Isolation
Reproductive organs do not fit together with all potential members of the same species

- Hybrid Infertility
Offspring of two different species are not fertile

INVESTIGATING TIME OF DEATH A number of changes take place in the place of any mammal after death which can be helpful in estimating the time of death. - The normal human body temp is 37C, at death the metabolic reactions which have created the body heat slow down and eventually stop. Although body temp. Starts to fall straight after death, it plateaus for a while before dropping steadily to room temp. As a result, the temp. of a body will give some indication of how long they have been dead. Rigor Mortis a stiffening effect caused by lack of ATP in the muscles & muscle fibres becoming permanently contracted and locked solid. On average rigor mortis starts about 2-4 hours after death, begins in the face & neck and works its way down the body.

Stages of Succession The first colonisers are anaerobic bacteria, which do not need oxygen and thrive in the lactic acid rick environment of the muscles after death. As enzymes break down cells, the bacteria spread & are joined by several species of flies mostly blowflies. These insects can arrive on the body within minutes of death as they are attracted to the moisture and smell of natural orifices of the body as well as open wounds. The main attraction of the body is a site to lay eggs. Maggots begin to hatch and feed on the tissues, breaking them down. The maggots pupate, turn into flies, mate & start the cycle again. As the tissues of the body liquefy, adult flies can feed on this too. Beetles then begin to lay eggs on the carcass & parasitic wasps arrive to lay their eggs in the larvae. As the body is digested it also dries out, which doesnt suit the early colonisers. Different species such as the cheese flies and coffin flies move in. As the body becomes too dry for maggots, carcass beetles, ham beetles and hide beetles feed on the remains of the muscles and connective tissues At the very end, mites and other larvae will feed on the hair until only dry bones are left.

Viruses - Viruses are the smallest of all microorganisms. They are not cells, but arrangements of genetic material and protein that invade other living cells & take over their biochemistry to make more viruses. - Most scientists class viruses as obligate intracellular parasites meaning they can exist and reproduce as parasites only in the cells of other living organisms. The Structure of Viruses The protein coat or capsid is made up of simple repeating protein units known as capsomeres, arranged in different ways. In some viruses, the genetic material and protein coat are covered by a lipid envelope, produced from the host cell. The presence of the envelope makes it easier for the viruses to pass from cell to cell but it does make them vulnerable to substances such as ether which will dissolve the lipid membrane. Viral genetic material can be

DNA or RNA, and nucleic acid can be single or double stranded. Viral RNA directs the synthesis of a special enzyme called reverse transcriptase which proceeds to make DNA molecules corresponding to the viral genome. Viruses attach to their host cells by means of specific proteins (antigens) known as Viral attachment particles (VAPs) which target proteins in the host cell surface membrane.

Virus Life Cycles

Bacteriophages inject their genome into the host bacterial cell but the bulk of the viral material remains outside the bacterium. The viral DNA forms a plasmid within the bacterium. The viruses that infect animals get into the cells in several ways. Some types are taken into the cell by endocytosis & the host cell then digests the capsid, releasing the viral genetic material. The viral envelope fuses with the host cell surface, releasing the rest of the virus inside the cell membrane. Plant viruses usually get into the plant cell using a vector (often an insect) to pierce the cellulose cell wall. 2 routes of infection - Lysogenic Pathway Many viruses are non-virulent when they first get into the host cell. They insert their DNA into the host DNA so it is replicated every time the host cell divides. This inserted DNA is called a provirus. During this period of lysogeny, when the virus is part of

the reproducing host cells, the virus is said to be dormant. - Lytic Pathway Sometimes the viral genetic material is replicated independently of the host DNA straight after entering the host. Mature viruses are made & eventually the host cell bursts, releasing large numbers of new virus particles to invade other cells. The virus is said to be virulent (disease causing) & the process of replicating & killing cells is known as the lytic pathway. 1. Bacteriophage attracts bacterium 2. Phage DNA is injected into host cell. It brings about the synthesis of viral enzymes 3. A. Viral DNA is incorporated into host cell DNA & replicated each time the bacterium divides, without causing any damage. B. OR Phage DNA inactivates the host DNA and takes over the cell biochemistry 4. Phage DNA is replicated. New phage particles are assembled as new protein coats are made around phage DNA. The enzyme lysozyme is synthesised or released 5. Lysis the bacterial cell bursts due to the action of lysozyme, releasing up to 1000 phages to infect other bacteria & the cycle begins again.

RETROVIRUSES Retroviruses have a more complex life cycle. Their genetic material is viral RNA. This cannot be used as mRNA but is translated into DNA using reverse transcriptase. 1. The retrovirus attacks an animal cell 2. Viral RNA enters the host cell. This RNA cannot be used as mRNA. 3. Viral RNA is translated into viral DNA by reverse transcriptase in the cytoplasm 4. Viral DNA is incorporated into the host DNA in the nucleus. It directs the production of new viral genome RNA, mRNA and coat proteins. 5. New viral particles are assembled and leave the host cell by exocytosis. Viral DNA remains in the nucleus so the process is repeated. 6. The host cell continues to function as a virus making factory, while the new viruses move on to infect other cells.

Bacteria
Flagella & Pilli Flagella are rigid protein strands that arise from basal bodies in the plasma membrane in some bacteria. They bring about movement by rotating from their base, driven by the basal body. Pilli are tiny tubular structures that arise from the cell membrane of some bacteria. They enable bacteria to attach to surfaces and to other bacteria.

Cytoplasm - About 75% water in which are dissolved proteins (mainly enzymes) Lipoproteins, sugars, amino acids and fatty acids, inorganic salts, and the waste products of metabolism.

Cell Wall Protects against rupture due to osmosis and keep shape. Rigid wall containing giant molecules consisting of amino sugars and peptidogylcan

Capsule A slime layer or capsule is made up of additional materials that are laid down on the outer surface of the wall. Capsules are firmly attached, whereas slime layers may diffuse into the surrounding medium.

Ribosomes - Sites of protein synthesis. Bacterial ribosomes are known as 70S ribosomes because they are smaller than those in the cytoplasm of plant and animal cells and fungi (called 80S ribosomes)

Plasmids Additional hereditary material small rings of DNA, present in the cytoplasm of some but not all bacteria.

Mesosomes Infoldings of the plasma membrane found in some bacterial cells. In the photosynthetic bacteria, they are where the photosynthetic pigments are housed.

Plasma Membrane - Consists of phospholipids and proteins arranged in the fluid mosaic model. Carbohydrates attach to some lipids forming glycolipids and some proteins forming glycoproteins on the outer surface membrane.

There are two different types of bacterial cell walls which can be distinguished by Gram Staining. Gram positive bacteria have a thick layer of peptidoglycan containing chemicals such as teichoic acid. The crystal violet in the stain binds to the acid & resists decolouring, leaving the positive PURPLE/BLUE in colour. Gram negative bacteria have a thinner layer of peptidogylcan with no teichoic acid. Any crystal violet which does bind is readily decolourised & replaced with red safranine in the stain, so the cells appear RED in colour.

Classifying Bacteria
- by shape Cocci (spherical) Bacilli (rod shaped) Spirilla (twisted/spiral) Vibrios (comma shaped)

Reproduction of Bacteria Bacteria can reproduce in two main ways. The most common is Asexual Reproduction (binary fission) splitting into two. One the bacterium reaches a certain size, the DNA is replicated and the old cell wall begins to break down around the middle of the cell. Enzymes break open the circular piece of DNA allowing the strands to unwind and be replicated.

Another form of reproduction is Sexual reproduction. In very rare conditions, bacteria can reproduce using what appear to be different forms of sexual reproduction. There are 3 ways in which genetic material from one bacterium cab be taken in and used as part of the DNA of another bacterium.

Transformation A short piece of DNA is released by a donor and actively taken up by a recipient where it replaces a similar piece of DNA. Only occurs in certain types of bacteria. Transduction Takes place when a small amount of DNA is transferred from one bacterium to another by a bacteriophage. Bacteriophage attaches to the bacterial cell wall. Enzymes are released to break down the cell wall. New bacteriophage forms and some bacteria DNA is included by mistake

Conjugation genetic information is transferred from one bacterium to another by direct contact. The donor cell is similar to a male cell and this produces a sex pillus, a cytoplasmic bridge between the two cells through which DNA is transferred to the recipient cell, similar to the female cell

Endotoxins - Lipopolysaccharides (part of the outer layer of gram negative bacteria) - Rarely fatal - Tend to cause symptoms such as fever, vomiting & diarrhoea - E.g. Salmonella & E.coli - However symptoms may indirectly lead to death Exotoxins - Soluble proteins produced & released into the body by bacteria as they metabolise and reproduce. - There are many different types; some damage cell membranes causing internal bleeding, some act as competitive inhibitors to neurotransmitters, whilst others directly poison cells. - Rarely cause fevers but so include some of the most dangerous bacterial diseases. - E.g. Clostridium botulinum produces one of the most toxic substances known, botulinum toxin

BENEFICIAL BACTERIA
- Many bacteria in the body is beneficial, helping to break down food and keeping pathogens at bay by outcompeting them. The normal growth of bacteria on your skin or in your gut is referred to as the skin flora or gut flora Probiotic drinks and foods contain cultures of these good bacteria to help support the normal healthy bacterial flora of the gut. - Bacteria also play a vital role in the ecosystems of the natural world. The majority of bacteria are decomposers. They break down organic material to produce simple inorganic molecules such as CO2 and water. - They release inorganic nitrogen which returns to the soil in the nitrogen cycle, and also sulphur compound which returns to the soil or water. - Another important aspect of bacteria is in the carbon cycle is the fact that some microorganisms produce the enzyme cellulase. This enzyme breaks down the cellulose produced in plant cell walls to give sugars which can then be used as food by a wide range of other microorganisms.

INVADING THE BODY


Pathogens are transmitted in a variety of ways: - Vectors - a living organism that transmits infection from one host to another E.g. Insects Malaria - Fomites inanimate objects that carry pathogens from one host to another E.g. Hospital towels & bedding - Direct Contact many sexual diseases are spread by direct contact of genital organs E.g. Gonorrhoea or Syphilis - Inhalation coughing, sneezing, & talking release droplets which contain pathogens E.g Tuberculosis & Influenza - Ingestion Contaminated food the risk is greatest in raw or undercooked food E.g. Salmonella - Inoculation directly through a break in the skin either through contaminated medical instruments or shared needles in drug abuse. An infected animal may also bite or lick you. E.g. H.I.V or Rabies

BARRIERS TO ENTRY SKIN


- An impenetrable layer toughened by keratin, a fibrous structural protein - Forms a physical barrier between the pathogen laden environment & the blood rich tissues beneath the skin - Sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin contains chemicals which inhibit the growth of microorganisms - Natural skin flora prevent disease by competing successfully for a position on the skin & produce substances that inhibit the growth of other microorganisms

MUCUS & TEARS


- Surfaces of internal tubes & ducts are more vulnerable than skin however these epithelial layers also produce defensive secretions. Many produce MUCUS. - MUCUS contains lysozymes, enzymes capable of destroying microbial cell walls, particularly against gram positive bacteria, breaking cross linkage in the the peptidoglycans in the bacterial cell wall. - Lysozymes are also present in tears, the secretions produced to keep the eyes moist & to protect them from the entry of pathogens. - Part of the non-specific defence of the body

GUT
- Saliva in the mouth has bacterial properties. Some polypeptides produced in the salivary glands destroy bacteria while others slow down bacterial growth. - Acid in the stomach destroys the majority of ingested microorganisms. - The natural flora in the gut usually competes successfully for both nutrients and space with any microorganisms which manage to get through the stomach & produces anti-microbial compounds - VOMITING is effectively removing many of the microorganisms physically from the system when the body is infected.

NON SPECIFIC RESPONSES TO INFECTION


Inflammation is a common way in which our bodies respond to infection. - Special cells called mast cells are found in the connective tissue below the skin & around blood vessels. When this tissue is damaged, mast cells along with damaged white blood cells release chemicals known as HISTAMINES. - These cause the blood vessels in the area to dilate, causing local heat & redness. The raised temp. reduces the effectiveness of pathogen reproduction in the area. - Histamines also make the walls of the capillaries lady as the cells forming the walls separate slightly. As a result, fluid including plasma, WBCs & antibodies is forced out of the capillaries causing swelling. - The WBCs & antibodies destroy the pathogens. Fever occurs when a pathogen infects the body which cause the hypothalamus to reset to a higher temp. This helps in 2 ways: - A raised temp. will reduce the ability of many pathogens to reproduce effectively & so they cause less damage. - Specific response works better at a higher temp. & therefore will be more successful at combating the infection. Phagocytosis involves white blood cells. There are 2 main types of white blood cells; the granulocytes which have granules that can be stained in their cytoplasm & agranulocytes which have no granules. - Phagocyte is a general term for white blood cells which engulf & digest pathogens and any other foreign material in the blood & tissues. - There are two types of phagocytes; neutrophils NEUTROPHIL which are granulocytes & make up 70% of the white cells & macrophages which are agranulocytes and make up about 4%. They accumulate at the site of infection to attack invading pathogens. Phagocytes can sometimes be seen as pus which may ooze out of the wound MACROPHAGE or it may be reabsorbed into the body. INTERFERONS Group of chemicals produced when cells are invaded by viruses. Interferons are proteins that inhibit viral replication within the cells. They bind to receptors in the surface membranes on uninfected cells, stimulating a pathway which makes the cells resistant to infection by viruses by preventing viruses reproducing.

THE SPECIFIC RESPONSE TO INFECTION


The immune system enables the body to recognise anything that is non-self and to remove it from the body as efficiently as possible. Each organism carries its own unique antigens or the cell surface membrane. There are 2 main types of White blood cells involved in the immune systems; - Lymphocytes are agranulocytes, made in the white bone marrow - Macrophages are also agranulocytes which move freely through the tissue after leaving the bloodstream KINDS OF LYMPHOCYTES B cells - are made in the bone marrow - found in lymph glands & free in the body - have membrane bound globular receptor proteins on their cell surface membrane which are identical to the antibodies they will later produce - all antibodies are known as immunoglobulins (IgM) Lymphocytes

T Cells

B Cells

Helper Cells

Killer Cells

T cells - made in the bone marrow but mature and become active in the thymus gland - Surface of each T cell displays thousands of identical T-cell receptors. There are 2 main types of T-cells; T killer cells produce chemicals that destroy pathogens & T helper cells involved in the process which produces antibodies against the antigens on particular pathogen. The working of these cells depend on special proteins known as major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins, which display antigens in the cell surface membranes

ANTIBIOTICS
- Bacteriostatic the antibiotic used completely inhibits the growth or the microorganism - Bactericidal the antibiotic used will destroy almost all of the pathogens present

DIFFERENT TYPES OF IMMUNITY


- Natural Active Immunity when the body comes into contact with a foreign antigen and the immune system is activated & antibodies are formed & the pathogen is destroyed. The body actively makes the antibodies. - Natural Passive Immunity during pregnancy, preformed antibodies are passed from the mother to the foetus through the placenta. The baby gets extra protection from antibodies taken in through breast milk. This provides the baby with temporary immunity until its own system becomes active.

INDUCING IMMUNITY - Immunisation is the process of protecting people from infection by


giving them passive or active artificial immunity. - Vaccination is the procedure by which you immunise people to produce immunity

Artificial Passive Immunity occurs when antibodies are formed in one individual, extracted & injected into another individual. Artificial Active Immunity is when small amounts of antigen (vaccine) are used to produce immunity in a person

CORE PRACTICALS 1. Studying The Ecology On An Area - Techniques such as taking a transect can be used to study the topography of an area the shape, height & depth of the land surface. - Quadrats can be used to give valid & reliable measures of the numbers and types of plants. - The animal communities can be investigated by many methods, including quadrats, nets, pitfall traps & taking soil samples. - The abiotic factors which affect a habitat such as rainfall & temperature & edaphic factors such as soil type & pH are also measured & recorded to give as much information as possible about the ecology of the area.

2. Effect of temperature on a living organism - It is possible to model the effect of increasing temperature on the development of living organism in the laboratory. - There are many different experimental procedures which can be used such as germination of seeds, the growth rate of young seedlings, or the hatching rate of brine shrimps. - The temperature differences for the investigation need to be controlled very carefully

3. Gel Electrophoresis - Gene probes are short DNA sequences that are complementary to specific sequences which are being sought. Each probe is labelled, either with a radioactive element or with a fluorescent molecule - Large amounts of the gene probes are added to the filter and bind with complementary DNA strands in a process known as hybridisation - Excess probes are washed away & either X-ray pictures are taken of the filter, or the filter is placed under UV light to show up the DNA regions

4. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) - Amplifying the DNA - Adapts the natural process in which DNA is replicated in the cell, making it possible to produce enough DNA for a profile from tiny traces of biological material - Primers (small sequences of DNA which must join to the beginning of the separated DNA strands before copying can begin) & a good supply of the four nucleotide bases are mixed together in a PCR vial and placed in a PCR machine. - The mixture is heated to 90-95C which causes hydrogen bonds to break so DNA strands separate - The mixture is then cooled to 55-60C so the primers bind to the single DNA strands - The mixture is then heated again to 75C which is the optimum temperature for DNA polymerase enzyme to build the complementary strands of DNA. - The process is repeated about 30 times to give approx. 1 billion copies of the DNA.

5. Effect Of Different Antibiotics On Bacteria - The effect of different antibiotics on bacteria can be investigated using standard microbiological techniques. - An agar plate is seeded with a known bacterial culture - Filter paper discs containing different antibiotics, or different concentrations of the same antibiotics, are placed in the agar & the plate is sealed. - A control culture of microorganisms with known sensitivity to the antibiotic is grown at the same time under the same conditions - The level of inhibition of bacterial growth gives a measure of the effectiveness of the dr ugs.