Changes in the cellular content of glucose 6-phosphate and storage carbohydrates during catabolite derepression were measured during the diauxic growth of on glucose (1 %, w/v) medium. After the exhaustion of glucose there were transient increases in glucose 6-phosphate, alkali-soluble glycogen and trehalose, reflecting enhanced gluconeogenesis, followed by an increase in acid-soluble glycogen. During the subsequent adaptation to growth on ethanol the amounts of glucose 6-phosphate, trehalose and glycogen returned to basal levels. Thus storage carbohydrates, of which glycogen is quantitatively the most important, appear to act as the energy source for catabolite derepression.


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