Role of alcohols in growth, lipid composition, and membrane fluidity of yeasts, bacteria, and archaea.

@article{Huffer2011RoleOA,
  title={Role of alcohols in growth, lipid composition, and membrane fluidity of yeasts, bacteria, and archaea.},
  author={Sarah Huffer and Melinda E Clark and Jonathan C. Ning and Harvey W. Blanch and Douglas A S Clark},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={77 18},
  pages={6400-8}
}
Increased membrane fluidity, which causes cofactor leakage and loss of membrane potential, has long been documented as a cause for decreased cell growth during exposure to ethanol, butanol, and other alcohols. Reinforcement of the membrane with more complex lipid components is thus thought to be beneficial for the generation of more tolerant organisms. In this study, organisms with more complex membranes, namely, archaea, did not maintain high growth rates upon exposure to alcohols, indicating… CONTINUE READING