Molecule of the Week

Ectoine

May 30, 2005

Ectoine helps salt-tolerant microbes (including the one that causes cholera) adjust to changes in the salinity of the water in which they live. In highly saline environments, ectoine slows the diffusion of water through the cell membrane, ensuring that the single-celled organisms maintain the proper level of hydration.

Get more information on this molecule from CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service)