© 2002

The Bacterial Cell Wall


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-2
  2. Guntram Seltmann, Otto Holst
    Pages 3-8
  3. Guntram Seltmann, Otto Holst
    Pages 103-132
  4. Guntram Seltmann, Otto Holst
    Pages 133-161
  5. Guntram Seltmann, Otto Holst
    Pages 162-170
  6. Guntram Seltmann, Otto Holst
    Pages 171-203
  7. Guntram Seltmann, Otto Holst
    Pages 204-218
  8. Guntram Seltmann, Otto Holst
    Pages 219-265
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 266-280

About this book


The bacterial cell wall represents a very complex structure disconnecting the interior of single-cell organisms from the environment, thus protecting, but also enabling, them to interact with the surrounding milieu and to exchange both substances and information. Knowledge of the biochemistry of the cell wall (components) and the genetic background helps to understand their significance with regard to microbiology and immunology of bacteria. This book represents the second edition of a publication which was presented nearly 20 years ago in the German language (Die bakterielle Zellwand). Since that time our knowledge in this field has been significantly enlarged. Therefore, the manuscript had to be completely revised and updated. To maintain both the size and the introductory character of the book at least to a great extent, the authors had to restrict the presented material to that which appears basic and most important. This requirement must inevitably bring about many subjective factors. As pointed out in the first edition, the term cell wall was not taken too strictly. Since the constituents located outside the cytoplasmic membrane are frequently difficult to divide in structure, localisation, and/or function into true cell wall components and supplementary substances, they are all at least briefly mentioned.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.WernigerodeGermany
  2. 2.Zentrum für Medizin und BiowissenschaftenForschungszentrum BorstelBorstelGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Bacterial Cell Wall
  • Authors Guntram Seltmann
    Otto Holst
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-42608-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-07648-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-04878-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 280
  • Number of Illustrations 62 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original German edition published by G.Fischer-Verlag, Jena, 1982
  • Topics Bacteriology
    Cell Biology
    Biochemistry, general
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From the reviews of the first edition:

"This book is an absolute must for all those working on morphology, chemistry, functions, etc. of cell walls, it is an introduction as well as a source book." (W. Koehler, International Journal of Medical Microbiology, Vol. 294, 2004)

"This is a new edition of a book originally published only in German several years ago. There are few books on bacterial cell walls … . This will, therefore, inevitably be an important sourcebook … . This is a worthy book, and a valuable addition to a very limited area of publication." (Ian Hancock, Sfam News, Vol. 3 (3), 2002)