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Microb Drug Resist. 2004 Summer;10(2):77-82.

The structure of the cell wall peptidoglycan of Bacillus cereus RSVF1, a strain closely related to Bacillus anthracis.

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  • 1The Laboratory of Microbiology, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY 10021, USA.

Abstract

The peptidoglycan of Bacillus cereus RSVF1, a close relative of Bacillus anthracis, has several distinguishing features: the overwhelming majority of cross-linked muropeptides are dimers, higher oligomers are only present in minute quantities; and virtually all muropeptides lack the N-acetyl group from glucosamine residues, thus explaining resistance of the cell walls to lysozyme.

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