Solute Transport Across Bacterial Membranes

  • W. N. Konings
  • A. J. M. Driessen
  • M. G. L. Elferink
  • B. Poolman
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 133)


The cell-envelope of bacteria is composed of a cytoplasmic membrane which is surrounded by a cellwall, murien- or peptidoglycan layer, and outside the cellwall in Gram-negative bacteria by an outer membrane (lipopolysaccharide layer). Both the outer membrane and the cellwall are freely permeable for small solutes and do not form an osmotic barrier of the cell. This function is exclusively fulfilled by the cytoplasmic membrane.


Membrane Vesicle Solute Transport Proton Motive Force Purple Membrane Electron Transfer System 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. N. Konings
    • 1
  • A. J. M. Driessen
    • 1
  • M. G. L. Elferink
    • 1
  • B. Poolman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of GroningenHarenThe Netherlands

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