The Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Online ISSN : 1349-8037
Print ISSN : 0022-1260
ISSN-L : 0022-1260
TAXONOMIC STUDIES ON CORYNEFORM BACTERIA
II. PRINCIPAL AMINO ACIDS IN THE CELL WALL AND THEIR TAXONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE
KAZUHIKO YAMADAKAZUO KOMAGATA
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1970 Volume 16 Issue 1 Pages 103-113

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The composition of cell wall was studied on 112 strains of coryneform bacteria. Strains named for the same genus did not always exhibit the specific composition of the cell wall. However, the tested bacteria were divided into three groups by the presence of each of DL- and LL-diaminopimelic acid (DAP), and lysine in the cell wall, and the strains of each group demonstrated a common taxonomic characteristic. From this fact, the principal amino acids, i.e., DL-DAP, LL-DAP, and lysine in the cell wall were considered to indicate the taxonomic significance of coryneform bacteria.

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