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Crit Rev Biochem Mol Biol. 1990;25(4):245-80.

Regulation of sugar and ethanol metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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  • 1Department of Biology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla.


This review briefly surveys the literature on the nature, regulation, genetics, and molecular biology of the major energy-yielding pathways in yeasts, with emphasis on Saccharomyces cerevisiae. While sugar metabolism has received the lion's share of attention from workers in this field because of its bearing on the production of ethanol and other metabolites, more attention is now being paid to ethanol metabolism and the regulation of aerobic metabolism by fermentable and nonfermentable substrates. The utility of yeast as a highly manipulable organism and the discovery that yeast metabolic pathways are subject to the same types of control as those of higher cells open up many opportunities in such diverse areas as molecular evolution and cancer research.

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