Cell Walls and Membranes in Fungi — An Introduction

  • P. J. Kuhn
  • A. P. J. Trinci


Situated between the plasma membrane and the external environment, the cell wall in fungi satisfies a number of vital functions (Chapter 2). It acts as a structural barrier maintaining cellular form, and preventing disruption of the protoplast by the uncontrolled entry of water from a normally hypotonic external milieu. The cell wall also serves as a site for a variety of enzymes that act in the provision of nutrients from the outside. In addition, macromolecules e.g. glycoproteins that are involved in recognition systems are also associated with the cell surface (Chapter 8).


Membrane Fraction Neurospora Crassa Aspergillus Nidulans Plasma Membrane Preparation Fungal Membrane 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. Kuhn
    • 1
  • A. P. J. Trinci
    • 2
  1. 1.Sittingbourne Research CentreShell Research Ltd.Sittingbourne, KentUK
  2. 2.Microbiology Group, Department of Cell and Structural BiologyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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