Wall teichoic acid function, biosynthesis, and inhibition

Jonathan G. Swoboda, Jennifer Campbell, Timothy C. Meredith, Suzanne Walker

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(Figure Presented) Off the wall: Wall teichoic acids (WTAs) are negatively charged glycopolymers found in dense arrays on the surface of Gram-positive bacteria. WTAs have profound effects on the physiology of Gram-positive organisms, and impact everything from cation homeostasis to antibiotic susceptibility to survival in a host. This review summarizes recent advances made toward understanding WTA function, biosynthesis and inhibition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-45
Number of pages11
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 4 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry


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