Crystalline Bacterial Cell Surface Layers

  • Uwe B. Sleytr
  • Paul Messner
  • Dietmar Pum
  • Margit Sára

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. J. W. Austin, R. G. E. Murray
    Pages 17-20
  3. E. Nußer, E. Hartmann, H. Allmeier, H. König, G. Paul, K. O. Stetter
    Pages 21-25
  4. T. J. Beveridge, M. Sára, D. Pum, G. D. Sprott, M. Stewart, U. B. Sleytr
    Pages 26-30
  5. P. Debeire, P. Pellerin, H. C. Dubourguier, B. Fournet, G. Prensier, G. Albagnac
    Pages 31-35
  6. S. F. Koval, M. L. Kist, R. G. E. Murray
    Pages 36-39
  7. W. W. Kay, B. M. Phipps, R. A. Garduño, T. J. Trust
    Pages 44-50
  8. J. S. G. Dooley, R. G. E. Murray, T. J. Trust
    Pages 55-59
  9. S. Hovmöller, A. Sjögren, D. N. Wang
    Pages 60-64
  10. S. Gerbl-Rieger, S. Schneider, H. Engelhardt, J. Peters, W. Baumeister
    Pages 65-69
  11. I. Wildhaber, A. Engel, W. Baumeister
    Pages 70-74
  12. W. Baumeister, R. Prüschenk
    Pages 75-78
  13. R. Rachel, I. Wildhaber, K. O. Stetter, W. Baumeister
    Pages 83-86
  14. M. Haapasalo, K. Lounatmaa, H. Ranta
    Pages 92-95
  15. W. H. Bingle, H. Engelhardt, W. J. Page, W. Baumeister
    Pages 96-100
  16. H. Ranta, M. Haapasalo, E. Kerosuo, K. Lounatmaa
    Pages 118-121
  17. E. Kerosuo, M. Haapasalo, K. Lounatmaa, H. Ranta
    Pages 122-126
  18. J. Šmarda
    Pages 127-132
  19. J. Peters, M. Peters, F. Lottspeich, W. Schäfer, Z. Cejka, W. Baumeister
    Pages 140-144
  20. C. Manigley, G. Wolf, M. Sára, U. B. Sleytr
    Pages 154-159
  21. Back Matter
    Pages 160-193

About these proceedings


Crystalline surface layers (S-layers) represent an almost universal feature of archaebacterial cell envelopes and can be found in gram-positive and gram-negative eubacterial species from nearly all phylogenetic branches. S-layers consist of a single protein- or glycoprotein species and thus can be considered as one of the most primitive membrane structures developed during evolution. Prokaryotes carrying S-layers are ubiquitously found in every part of the biosphere. This supports the concept of a general supramolecular "porous crystalline surface layer" fulfilling a broad spectrum of functions which are strongly dependent on the particular environmental and ecological conditions. Their structural simplicity makes S-layers a suitable model for analyzing structure-function relationships as well as dynamic aspects of membrane morphogenesis.


Deinococcus Thermotoga archaebacteria bacteria cell cell wall electron microscopy evolution gene glycoprotein membrane microscopy morphogenesis protein resistance

Editors and affiliations

  • Uwe B. Sleytr
    • 1
  • Paul Messner
    • 1
  • Dietmar Pum
    • 1
  • Margit Sára
    • 1
  1. 1.Zentrum für Ultrastrukturforschung der Universität für BodenkulturWienAustria

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-73539-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-73537-0
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