Bacterial Cell Wall Structure
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Bacterial Cell Wall Structure

Test your knowledge of the structure and composition of the outermost component of bacterial cells, which confers rigidity, shape, and protection. Explore the characteristics of this essential feature of bacterial cells.

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What is the composition of the bacterial cell wall?

Peptidoglycan

What is the primary function of the bacterial cell wall?

Confers rigidity and shape, and protects the cell against osmotic shock

Where is the bacterial cell wall located?

External to the cytoplasmic membrane

What characterizes the structure of the bacterial cell wall?

<p>10-25 nm thick, strong and relatively rigid, with some elasticity and openly porous</p> Signup and view all the answers

What percentage of the Gram-positive cell wall is made up of peptidoglycan?

<p>30-70%</p> Signup and view all the answers

How many sheets of peptidoglycan can the peptidoglycan layer in Gram-positive bacteria comprise?

<p>Up to 40 sheets</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is a common component found outside the peptidoglycan in many Gram-positive bacteria?

<p>Teichoic acid fibers</p> Signup and view all the answers

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