Researchers discover common cell wall component in Chlamydia bacteria

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Researchers studying Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria, which cause the sexually transmitted infection chlamydia as well as infectious blindness, have confirmed that the bacteria contain — and, in fact, cannot function without — the common molecule peptidoglycan, a structural component found in the cell wall of many bacteria. This finding puts an end to years of uncertainty about whether Chlamydia bacteria, like almost all bacterial species, rely on peptidoglycan to reproduce and to maintain their shape and structure. (Source: EurekAlert! – Medicine and Health)