Mechanical properties of Bacillus subtilis cell walls: effects of removing residual culture medium.

@article{Thwaites1991MechanicalPO,
  title={Mechanical properties of Bacillus subtilis cell walls: effects of removing residual culture medium.},
  author={John J. Thwaites and Uttam Surana},
  journal={Journal of bacteriology},
  year={1991},
  volume={173 1},
  pages={
          197-203
        }
}
Experiments are described in which the tensile strength, the initial (Youngs') modulus, and other mechanical properties of the bacterial cell wall were obtained as functions of relative humidity (RH) in the range of 20 to 95%. These properties were deduced from tensile tests on bacterial thread, a fiber consisting of many highly aligned cells of Bacillus subtilis, from which residual culture medium had been removed by immersion in water. Reasons are given to support the idea that the mechanical… CONTINUE READING
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