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  • Terry J. Beveridge
  • Susan F. Koval
  • Uwe B. Sleytr
  • Helmut König
  • Trevor J. Trust
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Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 252)

Abstract

In the early 1970’s there were no more than three or four laboratories actively working with bacterial S-layers (Murray, Chapter 1). Few microbiologists recognized their existence as cell envelope components and the best possible electron microscopy was required for their detection. Then, they were not always called S-layers but were instead named paracrystalline arrays, regularly structured layers (RS-layers), planar crystalline layers, or surface layers (S-layers). They had been detected only on a few species of Acinetobacter, Bacillus, Clostridium and Spirillum (Aquaspirillum). Yet, those few scientists who worked in the S-layer field not only recognized their fragile beauty and symmetry but also understood that, since they were metabolically expensive devices for each bacterium to synthesize, S-layers must have an important function.

Keywords

Halobacterium Halobium Dolichyl Phosphate Fetus Subsp Cell Envelope Component Functional Anionic Group 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terry J. Beveridge
    • 1
  • Susan F. Koval
    • 2
  • Uwe B. Sleytr
    • 3
  • Helmut König
    • 4
  • Trevor J. Trust
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology, College of Biological ScienceUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  3. 3.Center for Ultrastructure Research and Ludwig Boltzman Institute for Molecular NanotechnologyUniversity of AgricultureViennaAustria
  4. 4.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of UlmUlmGermany
  5. 5.Department of Biochemistry and MicrobiologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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