Browse by author
Lookup NU author(s): Professor Waldemar Vollmer
Full text for this publication is not currently held within this repository. Alternative links are provided below where available.
The peptidoglycan (murein) sacculus is a unique and essential structural element in the cell wall of most bacteria. Made of glycan strands cross-linked by short peptides, the sacculus forms a closed, bag-shaped structure surrounding the cytoplasmic membrane. There is a high diversity in the composition and sequence of the peptides in the peptidoglycan from different species. Furthermore, in several species examined, the fine structure of the peptidoglycan significantly varies with the growth conditions. Limited number of biophysical data on the thickness, elasticity and porosity of peptidoglycan are available. The different models for the architecture of peptidoglycan are discussed with respect to structural and physical parameters. © 2008 Federation of European Microbiological Societies.
Author(s): Vollmer W, Blanot D, de Pedro MA
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
ISSN (print): 0168-6445
ISSN (electronic): 1574-6976
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
PubMed id: 18194336
Altmetrics provided by Altmetric