ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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Protoplast

A bacterial or plant cell for which the relatively rigid wall has been removed either chemically or enzymatically, leaving its cytoplasm enveloped by only a delicate peripheral membrane. Protoplasts are spherical and smaller than the elongate, angular shaped and often vacuolated cells from which they have been released.

Publication Source: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Publication Date: 1999

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