Changes in nucleotide pools during conidial germination in Neurospora crassa. Academic Article uri icon


  • The acid-soluble nucleotide pools of wild type and several adenine auxotrophs of Neurospora crassa were studied immediately prior to and during conidial germination in the presence of adenine. A two- to four-fold increase in most nucleotide pools was observed after 6h of germination at 33 C indicating a general increase in nucleotide pools during this developmental period. The largest components of the acid-soluble nucleotide pools were uracil-containing nucleotidesugars, which are precursors of chitin and glucan, the major constituents of cell walls. On removal of adenine, the UDPsugar pools decreased significantly, in adenine auxotrophs, while the pools of UTP increased significantly. ATP levels increased approximately twofold in the first 6h of germination. After 1h without exogenous adenine, ATP dropped twofold or more in adenine auxotrophs but not in wild type. There was a net decrease in all adenine nucleotide pools during adenine starvation and a much greater decrease was seen in adenine auxotrophs than in wild type. The adenylate energy charge remained stable despite major changes in the adenylate pools.Accumulation of intermediates was observed in germinated conidia from purine auxotrophs blocked at various steps in the purine pathway. IMP accumulated in ungerminated and in starved conidia of the adenine-8 (ad-8) strain. Ungerminated conidia of the ad-5 strain contained a large pool of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleotide (AICAR) while the ad-1 strain had smaller amounts of AICAR, but significantly more than any other strain tested. The AICAR pools disappeared from ad-5 and ad-1 in the presence of 50mg histidine/100mL. Similarly the IMP pools in ad-8 decreased markedly in the presence of histidine, indicating that the contribution from the histidine biosynthetic pathway to purine nucleotide formation is significant.

published proceedings

  • Can J Biochem

author list (cited authors)

  • Sabina, R. L., Dalke, P., Hanks, A. R., Magill, J. M., & Magill, C. W.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Sabina, RL||Dalke, P||Hanks, AR||Magill, JM||Magill, CW

publication date

  • November 1981