Isoamyl alcohol-induced morphological change in Saccharomyces cerevisiae involves increases in mitochondria and cell wall chitin content.
Kern K, Nunn CD, Pichová A, Dickinson JR
FEMS Yeast Research (2004)
Category: mitochondria, morphogenesis, yeast cell wall ¤ Added: Jun 18, 2007 ¤ Rating: ◊◊
Isoamyl alcohol reduced growth and induced filament formation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Isoamyl alcohol-induced filamentation was accompanied by an almost threefold greater increase in the specific activity of succinate dehydrogenase than in untreated cells, which suggested that isoamyl alcohol treatment caused the cells to produce more mitochondria than in normal yeast form proliferation. This was supported by measuring the dry weight of purified, isolated mitochondria. Filaments have an increased chitin content which is distributed over the majority of their surface, and is not confined to bud scars and the chitin ring between mother and daughter cells as in yeast-form cells.