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Glycerol and ß-carotene metabolism in the halotolerant algaDunaliella: a model system for biosolar energy conversion

Authors
Journal
Trends in Biochemical Sciences
0968-0004
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0968-0004(81)90106-7
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Abstract

Abstract Halotolerant unicellular algae of the genus Dunaliella comprise the only eukaryotic organisms which thrive in media containing 0.1 m to saturated salt concentrations. The mechanism of osmoregulation involves the synthesis of massive amounts of intracellular glycerol which serves to balance osmotically the extracellular salt. The production of large amounts of glycerol and ß-carotene by Dunaliella has made it a model organism to study the biological utilization of solar energy in the production of chemicals of industrial interest.

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