Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 123, Issue 3, pp 295–299 | Cite as

N-Acetyltalosaminuronic acid a constituent of the pseudomurein of the genus Methanobacterium

  • Helmut König
  • Otto Kandler


By various chemical procedures including ninhydrin-degradation it is shown that the as of yet unknown compound found in partial acid hydrolysates of isolated cell walls of Methanobacterium thermoautotrophicum and other species of this genus is 2-amino-2-deoxy-taluronic acid (N-Acetyltalosaminuronic acid) together with N-acetylglucosamine. It forms the glycan moiety of pseudomurein.

Key words

Methanobacterium Cell wall Pseudomurein Talosaminuronic acid 2-Amino-2-deoxy-taluronic acid 







N-acetylmuramic acid


N-acetyltalosaminuronic acid


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helmut König
    • 1
  • Otto Kandler
    • 1
  1. 1.Botanisches Institut der Universität MünchenMünchen 19Bundesrepublik Deutschland

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