Improvement of biochemical methods of polyP quantification

Samuel Bru, Javier Jiménez, David Canadell, Joaquín Ariño, Josep Clotet

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© 2016 Bru et al. Polyphosphate (polyP) is an abundant and physiologically important biomolecule for virtually any living cell. Therefore, determination of changes in cellular content of polyP is crucial for its functional characterization. Determination of cellular polyP has been performed by many different methods, and the lack of a standardized procedure is possibly responsible for the large dispersion of results found in the relevant literature. For a relatively simple organism, such as the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, this variation can be up to 12-fold. polyP extraction and determination of free phosphate released by enzymatic degradation of the polymer is a method quite common and relatively straightforward for polyP determination. By using the yeast S. cerevisiae as model, we have experimentally evaluated the different steps in this procedure in order to identify critical issues that might explain the disparate reported results. As the main output of this evaluation we propose a straightforward and robust procedure that can be used as gold standard protocol for cellular polyP purification and determination from unicellular organisms, thus providing consistency to measurements and facilitating inter-laboratory comparisons and biological interpretation of the results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-15
JournalMicrobial cell
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Neutral-phenol
  • Polyphosphate
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Yeast


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