Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 209-217

First online:

Trehalose in yeast, stress protectant rather than reserve carbohydrate

  • Andres WiemkenAffiliated withDepartment of Botany, University of Basel

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Trehalose and glycogen are generally regarded as the two main reserve carbohydrates in yeast. However, several lines of evidence suggest that trehalose does not primarily function as a reserve but as a highly efficient protecting agent to maintain strutural integrity of the cytoplasm under environmental stress conditions.