Bacterial Membrane Lipids: Where Do We Stand?

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Phospholipids play multiple roles in bacterial cells. These are the establishment of the permeability barrier, provision of the environment for many enzyme and transporter proteins, and they influence membrane-related processes such as protein export and DNA replication. The lipid synthetic pathway also provides precursors for protein modification and for the synthesis of other molecules. This review concentrates on the phospholipid synthetic pathway and discusses recent data on the synthesis and function of phospholipids mainly in the bacterium Escherichia coli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-224
Number of pages22
JournalAnnual review of microbiology
StatePublished - 2003


  • DNA replication
  • Fatty acids
  • Phospholipid function
  • Phospholipids
  • Protein modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology


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