Biology of Metals

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 18–25 | Cite as

Ferricrocin functions as the main intracellular iron-storage compound in mycelia ofNeurospora crassa

  • Berthold F. Matzanke
  • Eckard Bill
  • Alfred X. Trautwein
  • Günther Winkelmann
Original Articles


Neurospora crassa produces several structurally distinct siderophores: coprogen, ferricrocin, ferrichrome C and some minor unknown compounds. Under conditions of iron starvation, desferricoprogen is the major extracellular siderophore whereas desferriferricrocin and desferriferrichrome C are predominantly found intracellularly. Mössbauer spectroscopic analyses revealed that coprogen-bound iron is rapidly released after uptake in mycelia of the wild-typeN.crassa 74A. The major intracellular target of iron distribution is desferriferricrocin. No ferritin-like iron pools could be detected. Ferricrocin functions as the main intracellular iron-storage peptide in mycelia ofN. crassa. After uptake of ferricrocin in both the wild-typeN. crassa 74A and the siderophore-free mutantN. crassa arg-5 ota aga, surprisingly little metabolization (11%) could be observed. Since ferricrocin is the main iron-storage compound in spores ofN. crassa, we suggest that ferricrocin is stored in mycelia for inclusion into conidiospores.

Key words

Siderophores Ferricrocin Iron storage Sporulation In vivo Mössbauer spectroscopy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Berthold F. Matzanke
    • 1
  • Eckard Bill
    • 2
  • Alfred X. Trautwein
    • 2
  • Günther Winkelmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Biologie I, Auf der Morgenstelle 1Universität TübingenTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Institut für PhysikMedizinische Universität LübeckLübeckGermany

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