TOR (target of rapamycin) is a key regulator of triacylglycerol accumulation in microalgae.

@article{Imamura2016TORO,
  title={TOR (target of rapamycin) is a key regulator of triacylglycerol accumulation in microalgae.},
  author={Sousuke Imamura and Yasuko Kawase and Ikki Kobayashi and Mie Shimojima and Hiroyuki Ohta and Kan Tanaka},
  journal={Plant signaling & behavior},
  year={2016},
  volume={11 3},
  pages={e1149285}
}
Most microalgae abundantly accumulate lipid droplets (LDs) containing triacylglycerols (TAGs) under several stress conditions, but the underlying molecular mechanism of this accumulation remains unclear. In a recent study, we found that inhibition of TOR (target of rapamycin), a highly conserved protein kinase of eukaryotes, by rapamycin resulted in TAG accumulation in microalgae, indicating that TOR negatively regulates TAG accumulation. Here, we show that formation of intracellular LDs and… CONTINUE READING
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