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Function: Gives rigid support, protects against osmotic pressure
Chemical composition: Sugar backbone with crosslinked peptide side chains
Cell wall/ cell membrane (gram positive)
Function: major surgace antigen
Chemical composition: Peptidoglycan for support. Teichoic acid induces TNF and IL-1
Outer membrane (gram negative)
Function: Site of endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide); major surface antigen
Chemical composition: Lipid A induces TNF and IL-1; polysaccharide is the antigen
Function: site of oxidative and transport enzymes
Chemical composition: Lipoprotien bilayer
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