2. Outer Structures of the Bacillus anthracis Spore

  1. Nicholas H. Bergman
  1. Adam Driks and
  2. Michael Mallozzi

Published Online: 8 NOV 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470891193.ch2

Bacillus anthracis and Anthrax

Bacillus anthracis and Anthrax

How to Cite

Driks, A. and Mallozzi, M. (2010) Outer Structures of the Bacillus anthracis Spore, in Bacillus anthracis and Anthrax (ed N. H. Bergman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470891193.ch2

Author Information

  1. Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Loyola University Medical Center, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 NOV 2010
  2. Published Print: 22 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470410110

Online ISBN: 9780470891193



  • bacillus anthracis spore - outer structures;
  • coats, as sieve, spore interior protection - from toxic degradative molecules, as lysozyme in host tissues and other enzymes;
  • role of exosporium - in disease anthrax, an important question


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Spore Ultrastructure

  • The Functions of the Spore Outer Layers

  • Functions of the Coat

  • Functions of the Exosporium

  • Assembly of the Spore Outer Structures

  • Summary and Future Directions

  • References