, Volume 19, Issue 12, pp 1201-1203

Trehalose metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae during alcoholic fermentation

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Strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae accumulated intracellular trehalose up to 105 mg/g cell dry wt with 90% survival. Viability could be correlated to trehalose levels during ethanol fermentation albeit the disaccharide did not seem to contribute to fermentation yields. Trehalose-6-phosphate synthase showed high activity (up to 279 mu/mg protein) even at high residual sucrose concentration (115 g/l) in the wort suggesting to be a response of yeast cells to the osmotic stress conditions.