Cytology and Morphogenesis of the Prokaryotic Cell

  • Frank Mayer
  • Holger Gerberding
Part of the Progress in Botany/Fortschritte der Botanik book series (BOTANY, volume 54)


The peptidoglycan sacculus of a bacterial cell which is located at the outside of the cytoplasmic membrane is considered to be the load-bearing structure of Gram-positive and Gram-negative eubacteria. Numerous reports over the last few years based on electron microscopic analysis of freeze-substituted thin-sectioned cells and pulsed addition of radiolabeled diaminopimelic acid to growing cells have improved our knowledge concerning fine structural aspects and cell wall assembly processes.


Stressed Bond Diaminopimelic Acid Wedge Disclinations Crystalline Surface Layer Flagellar Base 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Mayer
    • 1
  • Holger Gerberding
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für MikrobiologieUniversität GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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