Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 160, Issue 4, pp 299–305 | Cite as

A new structural type of teichoic acid and some chemotaxonomic criteria of two species Nocardiopsis dassonvillei and Nocardiopsis antarcticus

  • E. M. Tul'skaya
  • G. M. Streshinskaya
  • I. B. Naumova
  • A. S. Shashkov
  • L. P. Terekhova
Original Papers


The cell-wall teichoic acids of Nocardiopsis dassonvillei IMRU 509T, IMRU 504 and IMRU 1250 and Nocardiopsis antarctius VKM Ac-836T have the same unique structure that has not heretofore been found in bacteria. The polymer is built of 10 to 13 repeating units:
$$ - 1snGro3 - P - 3 - \beta D - Ga1Nac1 - 2snGro3 - P -$$

The structure has been established by chemical analysis and with NMR spectroscopy. A study of the cell-wall monosaccharide composition, peptidoglycan, and cell phospholipids also provides evidence for the close similarity of these two species.

Key words

Nocardiopsis Cell walls Teichoic acids Peptidoglycan Phospholipids 



Institute of Microbiology Rutgers University, New Jersey. USA


All-Russian Collection of Microorganisms, Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Moscow Region, 142292 Russia


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. M. Tul'skaya
    • 1
  • G. M. Streshinskaya
    • 1
  • I. B. Naumova
    • 1
  • A. S. Shashkov
    • 2
  • L. P. Terekhova
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BiologyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.N. D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry RANMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Institute for New AntibioticsAcademy of Medical SciencesMoscowRussia

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