Metabolic rates during sporulation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae on acetate

Juan Carlos Aon, Sonia Cortassa

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We have quantified yeast carbon and oxygen consumption fluxes and estimated anabolic fluxes through glyoxylate and gluconeogenic pathways under various conditions of sporulation on acetate. The percentage of sporulation reached a maximum of 55% to 60% after 48 h in sporulation medium, for cells harvested from logarithmic growth in acetate minimal medium. When cells were harvested in the stationary phase of growth before transfer to sporulation medium, the maximum percentage of sporulation decreased to 40% along with the occurrence of meiosis as could be judged by counting of bi- and tetra-nucleated cells. In both experiments, the rates of acetate and oxygen consumption decreased as a function of time when exposed to sporulation medium. Apparently, the decrease of metabolic rates was not due to alkalinization. By systematically varying the cell concentration in sporulation medium from 1.4 x 107 to 20 x 107 cell ml-1, the percentage of sporulating cells was found to decrease in parallel with the rate of acetate consumption. When the sporulation efficiency attained under the different experimental conditions was plotted as a function of the rate of acetate consumption, a linear correlation was found. Anabolic fluxes estimation revealed a decrease of the rate through gluconeogenic and glyoxylate pathways occurring during sporulation progression. The pattern of metabolic fluxes progressively evolved toward a predominance of more oxidative catabolic fluxes than those exhibited under growth conditions. The results obtained are discussed in terms of a characteristic pattern of metabolic fluxes and energetics, associated to the development of yeast sporulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-265
Number of pages9
JournalAntonie van Leeuwenhoek, International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 6 1996


  • Acetate and oxygen consumption
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Sporulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology


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