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Cytometry. 1998 Apr 1;31(4):307-13.

Flow cytometric assessment of cell structural and functional changes induced by acetic acid in the yeasts Zygosaccharomyces bailii and Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Departamento de Biologia, Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal.

Abstract

Flow cytometry (FCM) was used with different viability dyes to assess changes in cell structure and function induced by acetic acid (AA) in populations of Zygosaccharomyces bailii (AA resistant) and Saccharomyces cerevisiae (AA sensitive). Kinetic changes in esterase activity, intracellular dye processing, and membrane integrity were monitored, and to detect those changes we used three assays involving fluorescein diacetate hydrolysis, FUN-1 processing, and propidium iodide exclusion, respectively. In S. cerevisiae, the decrease in the ability to process FUN-1 preceded the decrease in esterase activity, and there was loss of cell membrane integrity after incubation with AA. In Z. bailii, with higher AA concentrations, there was a similar decrease in the ability to process FUN-1, which also preceded the loss of cell membrane integrity. Changes in esterase activity in this yeast induced by AA treatment could not be monitored because the changes occurred independently of the presence of the acid. For control samples (untreated cells killed with 10% v/v of AA), the percentages of nonaltered cells as estimated by FCM and percentages of viable cells as estimated by colony forming unit (CFU) counts were identical. However, for cell samples treated for short periods with 3% (v/v) or less of AA, none of the dyes produced FCM results comparable to those produced by CFU counts.

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