Bacterial Cell Walls and Membranes

  • Andreas Kuhn

Part of the Subcellular Biochemistry book series (SCBI, volume 92)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Outer Membranes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Paola Sperandeo, Alessandra M. Martorana, Alessandra Polissi
      Pages 9-37
    3. Volkmar Braun, Klaus Hantke
      Pages 39-77
    4. Muriel Masi, Mathias Winterhalter, Jean-Marie Pagès
      Pages 79-123
  3. The Periplasm

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Manuel Pazos, Katharina Peters
      Pages 127-168
    3. Guillaume Mas, Johannes Thoma, Sebastian Hiller
      Pages 169-186
    4. Mark Paetzel
      Pages 187-219
  4. Inner Membrane

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Patrick D. Bosshart, Dimitrios Fotiadis
      Pages 275-299
    3. Valentin Muras, Charlotte Toulouse, Günter Fritz, Julia Steuber
      Pages 301-335
    4. Jozefien De Geyter, Dries Smets, Spyridoula Karamanou, Anastassios Economou
      Pages 337-366
  5. Pili

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
    2. Magdalena Lukaszczyk, Brajabandhu Pradhan, Han Remaut
      Pages 369-413
  6. Cell Walls of Gram-Positive Bacteria and Archaea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. Kathryn C. Rahlwes, Ian L. Sparks, Yasu S. Morita
      Pages 417-469
    3. Andreas Klingl, Carolin Pickl, Jennifer Flechsler
      Pages 471-493
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 495-501

About this book


This book provides an up-to-date overview of the architecture and biosynthesis of bacterial and archaeal cell walls, highlighting the evolution-based similarities in, but also the intriguing differences between the cell walls of Gram-negative bacteria, the Firmicutes and Actinobacteria, and the Archaea. The recent major advances in this field, which have brought to light many new structural and functional details, are presented and discussed. Over the past five years, a number of novel systems, e.g. for lipid, porin and lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis have been described. In addition, new structural achievements with periplasmic chaperones have been made, all of which have revealed amazing details on how bacterial cell walls are synthesized. These findings provide an essential basis for future research, e.g. the development of new antibiotics. 

The book’s content is the logical continuation of Volume 84 of SCBI (on Prokaryotic Cytoskeletons), and sets the stage for upcoming volumes on Protein Complexes.


Prokaryotic cell walls Molecular motors Protein structure of assembly complexes Periplasmic chaperones Membrane transporters and translocases

Editors and affiliations

  • Andreas Kuhn
    • 1
  1. 1.Inst. of MicrobiologyUniversity of HohenheimStuttgartGermany

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