Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Biochemistry of Biogenesis of Fatty Acids and Lipids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eric R. Moellering, Victoria L. Prince, Roger C. Prince
      Pages 3-23
    3. Isabel M. López-Lara, Otto Geiger
      Pages 43-55
    4. Jordi Pérez-Gil, Manuel Rodríguez-Concepción, Claudia E. Vickers
      Pages 57-85
    5. Otto Geiger, Christian Sohlenkamp, Isabel M. López-Lara
      Pages 87-107
    6. Otto Geiger, Jonathan Padilla-Gómez, Isabel M. López-Lara
      Pages 123-137
    7. Akimasa Miyanaga, Yasuo Ohnishi
      Pages 139-149
    8. Russell E. Bishop
      Pages 151-162
    9. Olaf Schneewind, Dominique Missiakas
      Pages 163-180
    10. Mamadou Daffé, Annaïk Quémard, Hedia Marrakchi
      Pages 181-216
    11. Hélène Barreteau, Didier Blanot, Dominique Mengin-Lecreulx, Thierry Touzé
      Pages 217-235
    12. Carolann M. Knutson, Eric M. Lenneman, Brett M. Barney
      Pages 237-258
    13. Michael F. Dunn
      Pages 259-271
    14. María J. Soto, N. Calatrava-Morales, Isabel M. López-Lara
      Pages 273-289
    15. Vanina Zaremberg, Suriakarthiga Ganesan, Brittney N. Shabits
      Pages 315-339

About this book


Concise chapters, written by experts in the field, cover a wide spectrum of topics on lipid and membrane formation in microbes (Archaea, Bacteria, eukaryotic microbes).
All cells are delimited by a lipid membrane, which provides a crucial boundary in any known form of life. Readers will discover significant chapters on microbial lipid-carrying biomolecules and lipid/membrane-associated structures and processes.


isoprenoid synthesis phospholipid sphingolipid membrane homeostasis lipid A lipoteichoic mycolic acid synthesis phosphorus-free lipid

Editors and affiliations

  • Otto Geiger
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Ciencias GenómicasUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoCuernavacaMexico

About the editors

Otto Geiger studied biology at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany and after investigating “Quinoproteins and their prosthetic group pyrroloquinoline quinone” at the Institute of Microbiology, he received his doctoral title from the same institution in 1987. As a Feodor-Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he did postdoctoral work in the United States at Harvard Medical School with Eugene P. Kennedy on the biosynthesis and function of periplasmic glucans in Gram-negative bacteria. Subsequently, together with Ben Lugtenberg and Herman Spaink, he investigated the biosynthesis of lipochitin oligosaccharide signals that cause nodule formation on legume host plants at the Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences, Leiden University in the Netherlands. From 1993 to 1999 he was a Research Group Leader in the Department of Biotechnology at the Technical University of Berlin, where he habilitated for Biochemistry in 1997. Otto Geiger was an International Research Scholar (2002–2006) of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He currently holds the position of Professor (Investigador Titular C) at the Center for Genomic Sciences (formerly the Research Center for Nitrogen Fixation) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Cuernavaca) which he joined in 1999. Geiger’s group discovered the phosphatidylcholine synthase pathway which constitutes a major route for phosphatidylcholine (lecithin) formation in bacteria as well as the biosynthesis pathway for ornithine-containing lipids which are widespread bioactive lipids encountered in bacterial membranes. More recently, he discovered molecular mechanisms for lipid remodeling of bacterial membranes in response to different types of stress. Presently, he studies the molecular functions of phosphatidylcholine in bacteria as well as the biosynthesis, transport, and function of sphingolipids in bacteria. He functions as an Editor for the journal BMC Microbiology and for the Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology.

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