Prokaryotic Cell Wall Compounds

Structure and Biochemistry

  • Helmut König
  • Harald Claus
  • Ajit Varma

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Cell Wall Polymers and Structures of Bacteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 2-2
    2. Silke Litzinger, Christoph Mayer
      Pages 3-52
    3. Paul Messner, Christina Schäffer, Eva-Maria Egelseer, Uwe B. Sleytr
      Pages 53-109
    4. David Corbett, Thomas Hudson, Ian S. Roberts
      Pages 111-132
    5. Alba Silipo, Cristina De Castro, Rosa Lanzetta, Michelangelo Parrilli, Antonio Molinaro
      Pages 133-153
    6. Maren Rautenberg, Thomas Kohler, Guoqing Xia, Emir Kulauzovic, Andreas Peschel
      Pages 155-174
    7. Oliver Mirus, Alexander Hahn, Enrico Schleiff
      Pages 175-228
  3. Cell Wall Polymers and Structures of Archaea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 230-230
    2. Harald Claus, Helmut König
      Pages 231-251
    3. Jerry Eichler, Mehtap Abu-Qarn, Zvia Konrad, Hilla Magidovich, Noa Plavner, Sophie Yurist-Doutsch
      Pages 253-270
  4. Biological Activities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 294-294
    2. Everly Conway de Macario, Alberto J. L. Macario
      Pages 295-311
    3. T. A. Oelschlaeger, U. Dobrindt, J. Hacker
      Pages 313-343
  5. Cell Wall Growth and Inhibition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 346-346
    2. Regine Hakenbeck, Reinhold Brückner, Bernhard Henrich
      Pages 347-381
    3. Marie-Pierre Chapot-Chartier
      Pages 383-406
  6. Cell Wall Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 408-408
    2. Reinhard Wirth
      Pages 409-427
    3. Renate Radek
      Pages 429-456
  7. Application of Cell Wall Components

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 458-458
    2. Uwe B. Sleytr, Eva-Maria Egelseer, Nicola Ilk, Paul Messner, Christina Schäffer, Dietmar Pum et al.
      Pages 459-481
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 501-517

About this book


Microbial cell wall structures play a significant role in maintaining cells’ shape, as protecting layers against harmful agents, in cell adhesion and in positive and negative biological activities with host cells. All prokaryotes, whether they are bacteria or archaea, rely on their surface polymers for these multiple functions. Their surfaces serve as the indispensable primary interfaces between the cell and its surroundings, often mediating or catalyzing important interactions.

Prokaryotic Cell Wall Compounds summarizes the current state of knowledge on the prokaryotic cell wall. Topics concerning bacterial and archaeal polymeric cell wall structures, biological activities, growth and inhibition, cell wall interactions and the applications of cell wall components, especially in the field of nanobiotechnology, are presented.


Archaea Polysaccharid bacteria biochemistry biosynthesis biotechnology cell chemistry genetics lipopolysaccharides membrane morphogenesis polymer prokaryotes protein

Editors and affiliations

  • Helmut König
    • 1
  • Harald Claus
    • 2
  • Ajit Varma
    • 3
  1. 1.Inst. Mikrobiologie undUniversität MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Inst. Mikrobiologie undUniversität MainzMainzGermany
  3. 3.Amity Institute of Microbial SciencesAmity University Uttar PradeshNoidaIndia

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