Uptake and synthesis of compatible solutes as microbial stress responses to high-osmolality environments

  title={Uptake and synthesis of compatible solutes as microbial stress responses to high-osmolality environments},
  author={Bettina Kempf and Erhard Bremer},
  journal={Archives of Microbiology},
All microorganisms possess a positive turgor, and maintenance of this outward-directed pressure is essential since it is generally considered as the driving force for cell expansion. Exposure of microorganisms to high-osmolality environments triggers rapid fluxes of cell water along the osmotic gradient out of the cell, thus causing a reduction in turgor and dehydration of the cytoplasm. To counteract the outflow of water, microorganisms increase their intracellular solute pool by amassing… CONTINUE READING
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