Osmoadaptation in bacteria and archaea: common principles and differences.

  title={Osmoadaptation in bacteria and archaea: common principles and differences.},
  author={M Roesser and Volker M{\"u}ller},
  journal={Environmental microbiology},
  volume={3 12},
The availability of water is the most important prerequisite for life of any living cell, and exposure of cells to hypersaline conditions always threatens the cells with a drastic loss of water. To re-establish the essential turgor pressure, cells increase the water activity of their cytoplasm by accumulation of compatible solutes, either by synthesis or by uptake. The ability to respond to increasing osmolality is well conserved in all three lines of descent and, here, we compare the… CONTINUE READING

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