Characterization of the cell wall of the sheathed methanogen Methanospirillum hungatei GP1 as an S layer.

The cell wall of Methanospirillum hungatei GP1 is a labile structure that has been difficult to isolate and characterize because the cells which it encases are contained within a sheath. Cell-sized fragments, 560 nm wide by several micrometers long, of cell wall were extracted by a novel method involving the gradual drying of the filaments in 2% (wt/vol… (More)