Studies of the bacterial cell wall emerged as a new field of research in the early 1950s, and has flourished in a multitude of directions. This excellent book provides an integrated collection of contributions forming a fundamental reference for researchers and of general use to teachers, advanced students in the life sciences, and all scientists in bacterial cell wall research.

Chapters include topics such as: Peptidoglycan, an essential constituent of bacterial endospores; Teichoic and teichuronic acids, lipoteichoic acids, lipoglycans, neural complex polysaccharides and several specialized proteins are frequently unique wall-associated components of Gram-positive bacteria; Bacterial cells evolving signal transduction pathways; Underlying mechanisms of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The bacterial cell envelope. A historical perspective (M.R.J. Salton). 2. Bacterial peptidoglycan. Overview and evolving concepts (H. Labischinski, H. Maidhof) 3. Biosynthesis of the bacterial peptidoglycan unit (J. van Heijenoort). 4. Utilization of lipid-linked precursor and formation of peptidoglycan in the process of cell growth and division (M. Matsuhashi). 5. Molecular biology of bacterial septation (J.A. Ayala, T. Garrido, M.A. de Pedro, M. Vicente). 6. Biochemistry of the penicilloyl serine transferases (J.-M. Ghuysen and G. Dive). 7. Microbial peptidoglycan (murein) hydrolases (G.D. Shockman, J.-V. Höltje) 8. Cell wall changes during bacterial endospore formation (C.E. Buchanan, A.O. Henriques, P.J. Piggot). 9. Teichoic acid synthesis in Bacillus Subtitis (H. Pooley, D. Karamata). 10. Lipoteichoic acids and lipoglycans (W. Fisher). 11. Cell-wall-associated proteins in Gram-positive bacteria (M.A. Kehoe). 12. Molecular organization and structural role of outer membrane macromoecules (R.E.W. Hancock, D.N. Karunaratne, C. Bernegger-Egli). 13. Biosynthesis and assembly of lipopolysaccharide (P. Reeves). 14. Lipoproteins, structure, function, biosysthesis and model for protein export (V. Braun, H.C. Wu). 15. Structure-function relationships in porins as derived from a 1.8 Å resolution crystal structure (G.E. Schulz). 16. Structures of non-specific diffusion pores from Escherichia coli (S.W. Cowan, T. Schirmer). 17. The porin superfamily: diversity and common features (D. Jeanteur, J.H. Lakey, F. Pattus) 18. Outer membrane proteins of Escherichia coli: mechanism of sorting and regulation of synthesis (U. Henning, R. Koebuik). 19. Uptake of solutes through bacterial outer membranes (R. Benz). 20. Secretion of hemolysin and other proteins out of Gram-negative bacterial cell (V. Koronakis, C. Hughes). 21. Periplasm (M.E. Bayer). 22. Transmembrane signal transducing proteins (M.G. Surette, J.B. Stock). 23. Mechanisms of chromosomal &bgr;-lactama


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@qu:Those who deal with the molecular biology of the bacterial cell wall will not be able to miss this book. @source:Zentralblad fur Bacteriologie