Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 153, Issue 1, pp 47–49

Evidence for the involvement of serine protease in the conidial discharge of Conidiobolus coronatus

  • Sangita Phadatare
  • M. C. Srinivasan
  • Mukund Deshpande
Original Papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF00277540

Cite this article as:
Phadatare, S., Srinivasan, M.C. & Deshpande, M. Arch. Microbiol. (1989) 153: 47. doi:10.1007/BF00277540

Abstract

The involvement of serine protease(s) in the conidial discharge of Conidiobolus coronatus was investigated using the parent strain and a variant strain with reduced conidial discharge. Time course profiles of protease levels and conidial discharge showed that maximum protease levels coincided with maximum conidial discharge in both the parent and variant strains. Inhibition of serine protease(s) by phenyl methyl sulfonyl fluoride showed that low protease levels resulted in inhibition of the conidial discharge and a minimum activity of 1.0 U/mg protein is essential for triggering the conidial discharge. Using casein to induce proteases, it was further observed that early gain in the protease level (1.0 U/mg protein) leads to early onset of conidial discharge. The above evidence suggests the involvement of protease(s) in the conidial discharge of C. coronatus.

Key words

Conidiobolus coronatusUV-20 variant strainConidial dischargeSerine proteasesPhenyl methyl sulfonyl fluoride inhibition

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© Springer-Verlag 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sangita Phadatare
    • 1
  • M. C. Srinivasan
    • 1
  • Mukund Deshpande
    • 1
  1. 1.Biochemical Sciences DivisionNational Chemical LaboratoryPuneIndia