PMID: 6179396Jan 1, 1981Paper

Structure of the rigid-layer of rhizobium cell wall. II. Evidence for a covalent bond between peptidoglycan and cellodextrins

Acta Microbiologica Polonica
W DrozańskiE Wasowicz

Abstract

Covalent linkages between peptidoglycan and cellodextrins in the cell walls of Rhizobium were defined by the analysis of lysozyme split products. Digestion of peptidoglycan with lysozyme resulted in the liberation, beside disaccharide tetrapeptide fragments composed of glucosamine, muramic acid, alanine, glutamic acid and diaminopimelic acid in a molar ratio 1:1:2:1:1, also significant amounts of glucose and its polymers. The neutral carbohydrates composed of glucose, were further purified and determined as cellobiose, cellotriose and cellotetrose. Peptidoglycans pretreated with cellulase, which librated glucose and cellobiose, still contains glucose linked by lysozyme sensitive but cellulase insensitive bond.

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