Comparative analysis of glycogen and trehalose accumulation in methylotrophic and nonmethylotrophic yeasts

Turkel S.

MICROBIOLOGY, vol.75, no.6, pp.639-643, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 75 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1134/s0026261706060038
  • Journal Name: MICROBIOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.639-643
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Trehalose and glycogen accumulate in certain yeast species when they are exposed to unfavorable growth conditions. Accumulations of these reserve carbohydrates in yeasts provide resistance to stress conditions. The results of this study indicate that certain Pichia species do not accumulate high levels of glycogen and trehalose under normal growth conditions. However, depending on the Pichia species, both saccharides accumulate at high levels when the Pichia cells are exposed to unfavorable or stress-inducing growth conditions. Growth in glycerol or methanol medium mostly led to trehalose accumulation in Pichia species tested in this study. It was shown that the metabolic pathways for glycogen and trehalose biosynthesis are present in Pichia species. However, it appears that the biosynthesis of trehalose and glycogen may be regulated in different manners in Pichia species than in the yeast S. cerevisiae.