Exopolysaccharides of Agrobacterium tumefaciens

  • Ann G. MatthysseEmail author
Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 418)


Agrobacterium exopolysaccharides play a major role in the life of the cell. Exopolysaccharides are required for bacterial growth as a biofilm and they protect the bacteria against environmental stresses. Five of the exopolysaccharides made by A. tumefaciens have been characterized extensively with respect to their structure, synthesis, regulation, and role in the life of the bacteria. These are cyclic-β-(1, 2)-glucan, cellulose, curdlan, succinoglycan, and the unipolar polysaccharide (UPP). This chapter describes the structure, synthesis, regulation, and function of these five exopolysaccharides.


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