Release of Protoplasts in the Yeast Phase of Histoplasma capsulatum without Added Enzyme

Science  27 Feb 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3922, pp. 1255-1257
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3922.1255


Cells of the yeast phase of the dimorphic systemic fungus pathogen Histoplasma capsulatum readily released large numbers of intact protoplasts without degradation of their cell walls by snail or microbial enzymes, previously regarded as a requirement for all yeast and mycelial fungal forms. Over 90 percent of "B" type yeast cells in the early logarithmic phase of growth released living protoplasts when incubated at 37°C with 2 molar magnesium sulfate, whereas "A" type yeast cells required prior exposure for 24 hours to 2-deoxy-D-glucose before incubation in the 2 molar magnesium sulfate.