Gram-Negative Bacteria: The cell Membranes

  • S N ChatterjeeEmail author
  • Keya Chaudhuri
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Microbiology book series (BRIEFSMICROBIOL)


This chapter presents a brief outline of our current knowledge of the structures of the bounding membranes (the inner and the outer membranes and the intermediate periplasmic layer) of a Gram-negative bacterial cell. Also the structure and chemical composition of the outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) originating from the surface of these bacteria including their proteomic profile, as obtained mainly by mass spectroscopic and related studies, have been presented in brief.


Inner membrane Outer membrane Peptidoglycan OMVs Structure Chemical composition Mass spectrometry Protein profile 


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  1. 1.BiophysicsFormerly of Saha Institute of Nuclear PhysicsKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Molecular and Human Genetics DivisionIndian Institute of Chemical BiologyKolkataIndia

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