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|Superclasses:||Degradation/Utilization/Assimilation → Carbohydrates Degradation → Sugars Degradation → Trehalose Degradation|
There are several alternative pathways for the degradation of trehalose. Depending on the organism, trehalose may enter the cell either through a permease, in which case it remains unmodified, or it may be transported by a phosphotransferase system (PTS), resulting in the phoshorylated trehalose-6-phosphate form. Degradation then proceeds by different mechanisms: Unmodified trehalose may be degraded by a hydrolyzing trehalase (see trehalose degradation II (trehalase)), or it may be split by the action of a trehalose phosphorylase (see trehalose degradation IV and trehalose degradation V). Likewise, trehalose-6-phosphate may be either hydrolyzed by trehalose-6-phosphate hydrolase (see trehalose degradation I (low osmolarity)) or it could be attacked by a trehalose-6-phosphate phosphorylase (see trehalose degradation III).
In insects, trehalose is produced from fat body glycogen and is released into the hemolymph. In many insects, trehalose serves as an extracellular source of sugar via the action of trehalase, an enzyme widely distributed in insect tissues (reviewed in [Kramer05, Arrese10]).
About This Pathway
Escherichia coli K-12 can grow with trehalose as the sole carbon source, and employs different pathways for its degradation under different osmolarity conditions. Under high osmotic conditions external trehalose is hydrolyzed by periplasmic trehalase (TreA) [Boos87]. The resulting glucose molecules are then transported back into the cytoplasm through the glucose PTS [Styrvold91] (see trehalose degradation VI (periplasmic)).
A second trehalase, the cytoplasmic trehalase (TreF), is active during the transition period between high and low osmolarity. As the cells are shifting their metabolism to adjust to low osmolarity, TreF removes the internal pool of trehalose. The relatively low enzymatic activity of TreF is low enough not to compromise the biosynthesis of trehalose during high osmolarity, yet is sufficient to degrade the accumulated trehalose after the return to normal conditions, when no more biosynthesis occurrs [Horlacher96a].
This trehalose degradation pathway is also used by the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This organism also has a cytoplasmic and a periplasmic trehalase enzymes [Kopp93]. Nth1p, the cytoplasmic enzyme, is required for the hydrolysis of intracellular trehalose, while Ath1p, the periplasmic enzyme, hydrolyzes extracellular trehalose [Jules04].
Superpathways: chitin biosynthesis
Unification Links: EcoCyc:PWY0-1182
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