Protein secretion in the Archaea: Multiple paths towards a unique cell surface

Sonja Verena Albers, Zalán Szabó, Arnold J.M. Driessen

Research output: Review article

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Abstract

Archaea are similar to other prokaryotes in most aspects of cell structure but are unique with respect to the lipid composition of the cytoplasmic membrane and the structure of the cell surface. Membranes of archaea are composed of glycerol-ether lipids instead of glycerol-ester lipids and are based on isoprenoid side chains, whereas the cell walls are formed by surface-layer proteins. The unique cell surface of archaea requires distinct solutions to the problem of how proteins cross this barrier to be either secreted into the medium or assembled as appendages at the cell surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-547
Number of pages11
JournalNature Reviews Microbiology
Volume4
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - júl. 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Infectious Diseases

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