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Chemical analysis of the wall of the yeast form of Taphrina deformans


Glucose is the main component of the cell wall of the yeast form of Taphrina deformans. On the other hand the glucosamine content is very low (less than 1%). Other sugars are mannose, galactose and rhamnose; their content depends on the age of the cultures. The protein content is less than 5% and lipids less than 2%. Most of the isolated cell wall is alkalisoluble: the insoluble fraction is less than 8% of the total wall. Three polysaccharides have been detected: an α-glucan containing mostly α(1→3) and perhaps a few α(1→4) glycosidic linkages, a β-glucan containing β(1→3) and β(1→6) linkages, and a heteropolysaccharide fraction containing mannose, galactose and rhamnose. Chitin, if present, forms no more than 2‰ of the total wall. The biochemical characteristics of the cell wall of the yeast form of T. deformans distinguish it from that of filamentous Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes and also of most of the yeasts. It is with the Schizosaccharomyces wall that they have the most features in common.

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Petit, M., Schneider, A. Chemical analysis of the wall of the yeast form of Taphrina deformans . Arch. Microbiol. 135, 141–146 (1983).

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Key words

  • Biochemistry
  • Chimiotaxonomy
  • Fungus wall
  • Taphrina deformans