The control of trehalose biosynthesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae: evidence for a catabolite inactivation and repression of trehalose-6-phosphate synthase and trehalose-6-phosphate phosphatase

Yeast. Aug-Sep 1991;7(6):575-87. doi: 10.1002/yea.320070605.


During diauxic growth of yeast in glucose-rich medium, the accumulation of trehalose started well after complete exhaustion of glucose from the medium. The accumulation of the disaccharide was concomitant with a resumption of cell growth on the ethanol accumulated in the medium, but not with a degradation of glycogen which occurred as soon as glucose had been consumed. In contrast, in a mutant deficient in phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase, the synthesis of trehalose coincided exactly with the degradation of glycogen. Upon inoculation of stationary phase wild-type cells into a glucose medium, the activities of trehalose-6-phosphate (Tre6P) synthase and Tre6P phosphatase dropped in parallel to reach only 15% of their initial values after 3 h, and only recovered their original values as cells re-entered stationary phase. In the presence of cycloheximide, the decrease in Tre6P synthase and Tre6P phosphatase activities was restricted to 50-60%, the remaining decrease being inhibited by the drug. Furthermore, the reappearance of the enzyme activities following transfer of cells to an acetate medium was blocked by cycloheximide. It was also shown that loss of activity of these two enzymes required a combination of metabolizable sugars together with a nitrogen source. Low activities of Tre6P synthase and Tre6P phosphatase were measured in mutants with increased adenylate cyclase activity (RAS2ala18val19 mutants). Moreover, derepression of these enzymes at the approach of stationary phase was prevented in a pde2 mutant when it was cultivated in the presence of exogenous cyclic nucleotide. The mechanism of this effect is not clear, but may involve a transcriptional regulation by cAMP of the genes encoding these proteins.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Culture Media
  • Cyclic AMP / metabolism
  • Cycloheximide / pharmacology
  • Glucose / metabolism
  • Glucosyltransferases / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Glycogen / metabolism
  • Hexosephosphates / metabolism
  • Phosphoenolpyruvate Carboxykinase (GTP) / metabolism
  • Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / enzymology
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism*
  • Trehalase / metabolism
  • Trehalose / biosynthesis*
  • Trehalose / metabolism


  • Culture Media
  • Hexosephosphates
  • Glycogen
  • Cycloheximide
  • Trehalose
  • Cyclic AMP
  • Glucosyltransferases
  • trehalose-6-phosphate synthase
  • trehalose-phosphatase
  • Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases
  • Trehalase
  • Phosphoenolpyruvate Carboxykinase (GTP)
  • Glucose