Bacterial cell walls and membranes. Discovery of the teichoic acids

Bioessays. 1989 Jun;10(6):207-10. doi: 10.1002/bies.950100607.


Teichoic acids are major wall components of most Gram-positive bacteria. Their discovery followed that of their nucleotide precursors. Lipoteichoic acids associated with the cell membrane were discovered at the same time. Events leading to these discoveries and the probable function of teichoic acids in cation control are described.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cell Membrane / analysis*
  • Cell Wall / analysis*
  • Gram-Negative Bacteria / analysis*
  • Gram-Negative Bacteria / physiology
  • Teichoic Acids / analysis*
  • Teichoic Acids / physiology


  • Teichoic Acids