Alexandra Veiga

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Cyanide-resistant respiration (CRR) is a widespread metabolic pathway among yeasts, that involves a mitochondrial alternative oxidase sensitive to salicylhydroxamic acid (SHAM). The physiological role of this pathway has been obscure. We used the yeasts Debaryomyces hansenii and Pichia membranifaciens to elucidate the involvement of CRR in energy(More)
It has recently been shown that cyanide-resistant respiration (CRR) is very common in Crabtree-negative yeasts (incapable of aerobic fermentation) and in non-fermentative yeasts. It is conferred by a salicylhydroxamic acid-sensitive alternative oxidase that transfers electrons from ubiquinol to oxygen, bypassing the cytochrome chain. An interesting finding(More)
In Pichia membranifaciens, cyanide-resistant respiration (CRR) sensitive to salicylhydroxamic acid emerged after forced aeration of starved cells for 4 h. Surveying a large number of species by this simple methodology, we found that CRR is very frequent among yeasts. Remarkably, considering our results together with previous data in the literature, CRR was(More)
AIMS To investigate the conditions that promote the expression of cyanide-resistant respiration (CRR) in the spoilage yeasts Pichia membranifaciens and Debaryomyces hansenii. METHODS AND RESULTS CRR was detected by sensitivity of oxygen consumption to salicylhydroxamic acid. It was absent in both yeasts in the early exponential phase, but was triggered by(More)
The importance of aquaporin expression in water permeability in Saccharomyces cerevisiae was assessed by measuring the osmotic water permeability coefficient (P(f)) and the activation energies (E(a)) from both hypo- and hypertonic experiments performed with whole protoplasts from four strains differing in aquaporin level of expression: parental,(More)
Rhodotorula ferulica, a yeast able to utilize phenolic compounds, was chosen for evaluating the effects of tributyltin oxide (TBTO) on this utilization. TBTO reduced respiratory capacity when vanillic or benzoic acid was the energy source. The ATP level of the cells was severely affected by 2 microM TBTO. The mitochondrial ATPase was strongly inhibited by(More)
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