BACTERIAL MORPHOLOGY CONTD...
1) Cytoplasmic membrane: It is a thick structure( 8 nm) that separates the cytoplasm from outer membrane. It is composed of phospholipid & protein. Phospholipid forms the bi layer in which protein( integral & peripheral) are held.
- It acts as permeability barrier & prevents the leakage of cytoplasmic constituents into or out of the cell.
- Specific proteins in membrane facilitates passage of small molecules across the membrane.
- It contains several enzymes involved in respiratory metabolism & in synthesis of cell wall & capsular components.