Morphopoietic and Functional Aspects of Regular Protein Membranes Present on Prokaryotic Cell Walls

  • U. B. Sleytr
Part of the Cell Biology Monographs book series (CELLBIOL, volume 8)


Most bacteria and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) possess a supramolecular layered cell wall structure outside the cytoplasmic membrane. The cell wall and the cytoplasmic membrane constitute the prokaryotic cell envelope complex, which regulates the molecular exchange between the cell and its environment. The cell wall also functions in most organisms as an osmotic protection barrier by providing a rigid wall structure.


Guanidine Hydrochloride Regular Array Bacillus Stearothermophilus Peptidoglycan Layer Cell Wall Layer 
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  • U. B. Sleytr
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  1. 1.Centre for Ultrastructure ResearchUniversity of AgricultureWienAustria

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