The Journal of Membrane Biology

, Volume 101, Issue 1, pp 151–163 | Cite as

Water transport parameters and regulatory processes inEremosphaera viridis

  • N. Frey
  • K. -H. Büchner
  • U. Zimmermann


The water relations parameters and the osmoregulatory response ofEremosphaera viridis were investigated both by using the pressure probe technique and by analyzing the intracellular pool of osmotically active agents. In the presence of various concentrations of different salts a biphasic osmoregulatory response was recorded, consisting of a rapid decrease in turgor pressure due to water loss followed by an increase in turgor pressure to the original turgor pressure value (depending on the salt). The values of turgor pressure, volumetric elastic modulus and hydraulic conductivity depended on the composition of the media. Nonelectrolytes did not cause a turgor recovery after the initial water efflux. The second phase of turgor regulation in the presence of salts was characterised by the intracellular accumulation of ions and sugars and required at least 24 hr. Analysis of the cell sap showed that the increase in the internal osmotic pressure was mainly achieved by accumulation of sucrose. Additionally, accumulation of glucose was observed in illuminated cells in the presence of Rb and K. Electron micrographs suggested that the sucrose was produced by degradation of starch granules. Turgor pressure recovery after salt stress seemed to be dependent on temperature and is well correlated with the according photosynthetic activity. The data suggest that a temperature-dependent enzyme which is activated by potassium or rubidium is involved in the regulatory response.

Key Words

Eremosphaera viridis water transport parameters osmoregulation salt stress sugar accumulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Frey
    • 1
  • K. -H. Büchner
    • 1
  • U. Zimmermann
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Biotechnologie der UniversitätWürzburgFederal Republic of Germany

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