Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 113, Issue 1–2, pp 57–60 | Cite as

Lack of peptidoglycan in the cell walls of Methanosarcina barkeri

  • Otto Kandler
  • Hans Hippe


Neither muramic acid and glucosamine nor d-glutamic acid or other amino acids typical of peptidoglycan were found in cell walls of two strains of Methanosarcina barkeri. The main components are galactosamine, neutral sugars and uronic acids. Therefore, the structural component of the cell wall most likely consists of an acid heteropolysaccharide, resembling that of Halococcus morrhuae. It is, however, not sulfated.

Key words

Methanosarcina barkeri Cell wall composition Peptidoglycan Heteropolysaccharide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Otto Kandler
    • 1
  • Hans Hippe
    • 2
  1. 1.Botanisches Institut der Universität MünchenMünchen 19Federal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Teilsammlungen München und GöttingenDeutsche Sammlung von MikroorganismenGöttingenFederal Republic of Germany

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