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Temporal accumulation of mannitol and arabitol in Geotrichum candidum



Temporal accumulation of mannitol and arabitol in Geotrichum candidum



Archives of Microbiology 126(1): 57-64



The temporal depletion and accumulation of polyols were investigated in the fungus Geotrichum cnadidum. The major intracellular polyols were tentatively identified by paper chromatography as mannitol and arabitol. Inositol was also present in small quantities, and trehalose was also detected in appreciable concentrations. Germination and vegetative growth depended on the type and concentration of the sole exogenous carbon source. Mannitol occurred in arthrospores at 9.4% of the dry weight after several days growth in 2% (w/v) glucose solid medium, and became depleted during germination and vegetative growth in liquid medium containing 2% (w/v) glucose, 2% (w/v) sodium acetate or 25% (w/v) glucose as sole carbon source. This hexitol latter accumulated during arthrosporulation. The depletion and accumulation of ethanol-soluble carbohydrate believed to be primarily trehalose was temporally similar to that of mannitol. Arabitol accumulated intracellularly during germination and vegetative growth in sodium acetate medium and 25% glucose medium. This pentitol was not detected intracellularly at any culture age during growth in 2% glucose medium. Prolonged incubation of the culture in 25% glucose medium after stationary phase was reached resulted in the gradual disappearance of arabitol from the arthrospores simultaneously with an increase in intracellular mannitol. In comparison, ethanol-soluble carbohydrate did not change with prolonged incubation in this medium.

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