Fungal Morphogenesis: Cell Wall Construction in Mucor rouxii

Science  18 Jul 1969:
Vol. 165, Issue 3890, pp. 302-304
DOI: 10.1126/science.165.3890.302


An autoradiographic study revealed two different patterns of cell wall constructioni associated with two types of morphogenesis in Mucor rouxii. In hyphae, the cell wall was preferentially synthesized in the apical region; these cylindrical walls seemed to be generated by a sharply descending gradient of wall synthesis radiating from the apex. In spherical cells (germinating spores, yeast cells), wall formation occurred largely, if not entirely, in uniformly dispersed fashion over the entire cell periphery.