Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/13320
Type: Journal article
Title: Regulation of hydrogen sulphide liberation in wine-producing Saccharomyces cerevisiae by assimilable nitrogen
Author: Jiranek, V.
Langridge, P.
Henschke, P.
Citation: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 1995; 61(2):461-467
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
Issue Date: 1995
ISSN: 0099-2240
1098-5336
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V Jiranek, P Langridge, and P A Henschke
Abstract: Saccharomyces cerevisiae wine-producing yeast cultures grown under model winemaking conditions could be induced to liberate hydrogen sulfide (H2S) by starvation for assimilable nitrogen. The amount of H2S produced was dependent on the yeast strain, the sulfur precursor compound, the culture growth rate, and the activity of the sulfite reductase enzyme (EC 1.8.1.2) immediately before nitrogen depletion. Increased H2S formation relative to its utilization by metabolism was not a consequence of a de novo synthesis of sulfite reductase. The greatest amount of H2S was produced when nitrogen became depleted during the exponential phase of growth or during growth on amino acids capable of supporting short doubling times. Both sulfate and sulfite were able to act as substrates for the generation of H2S in the absence of assimilable nitrogen; however, sulfate reduction was tightly regulated, leading to limited H2S liberation, whereas sulfite reduction appeared to be uncontrolled. In addition to ammonium, most amino acids were able to suppress the liberation of excess H2S when added as sole sources of nitrogen, particularly for one of the strains studied. Cysteine was the most notable exception, inducing the liberation of H2S at levels exceeding that of the nitrogen-depleted control. Threonine and proline also proved to be poor substitutes for ammonium. These data suggest that any compound that can efficiently generate sulfide-binding nitrogenous precursors of organic sulfur compounds will prevent the liberation of excess H2S.
Keywords: Saccharomyces cerevisiae; Hydrogen Sulfide; Sulfates; Sulfites; Nitrogen; Cysteine; Fermentation; Wine; Oxidoreductases Acting on Sulfur Group Donors; Sulfite Reductase (NADPH)
Rights: Copyright © 1995, American Society for Microbiology
RMID: 0030003739
Published version: http://aem.asm.org/content/61/2/461.abstract
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