Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 305–308 | Cite as

Cell wall polymers in Archaea (Archaebacteria)

  • O. Kandler
  • H. König


The distribution of the various cell wall and cell envelope (S-layer) polymers among the main lineages of the domain Archaea (Archaebacteria) and the chemical composition and primary structure of polymers forming rigid cell wall sacculi is described. Differences between bacteria and archaea in their sensitivity to antibiotics which inhibit cell wall synthesis in bacteria are discussed.

Key words. Archaea (Archaebacteria); cell walls; pseudomurein; methanochondroitin; glutaminylglycan; S-layers; chemical structure; biosynthesis; antibiotics; evolution. 


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© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Kandler
    • 1
  • H. König
    • 2
  1. 1.Botanisches Institut der Universität München, Menzinger Strasse 67, D-80638 München (Germany), Fax +49 89 1782274DE
  2. 2.Institut für Mikrobiologie und Weinforschung der Universität Mainz, Becherweg 15, D-55099 Mainz (Germany)DE

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