Organic vs inorganic: What makes the major contribution to osmotic adjustment in bacteria?

  • Lana Shabala
  • Published 2009 in Communicative & integrative biology


In order to survive hyperosmotic stress bacteria should adjust their cell turgor to altered conditions by increasing the intracellular osmolality. The classical view is that bacterial osmotic adjustment is achieved via accumulation of so-called "compatible solutes"-some organic osmolytes that can be accumulated in the cytosol at high concentrations without… (More)


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