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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1996 Jul 15;141(1):97-101.

Characterization of a barotolerant mutant of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae: importance of trehalose content and membrane fluidity.

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Department of Bioproduction Science, Chiba University, Matsudo, Japan.


A barotolerant mutant of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and its parent were compared with respect to the barotolerance of each strain, intracellular content of trehalose, amounts of three major heat shock proteins (hsps), relative proportion of unsaturated and saturated fatty acids in membrane phospholipids, and membrane fluidity. Changes in the amount of trehalose, but not hsps, were associated with changes in the barotolerance of each strain during the different phases of growth and with the difference in barotolerance between the mutant and parent strain. The membrane fluidity in the case of the mutant was low, while that of the parent was high. These results suggest that accumulation of trehalose and the condition of the membrane are more important for barotolerance than accumulation of hsps.

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