What are the functions of the cell envelope?
Posted March 2, 2023
Bacteria have a complex multilayered envelope that performs several important functions.
- Provides cell stability and stiffness, helping the cell to maintain its shape and structural rigidity
- Prevents the cell from bursting or collapsing
- Protects the cell from its environment
- Regulates the transport of substances in and out of the cell
- Forms flagella in some bacteria, which are filamentous extensions that help motility