Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 102, Issue 15, pp 6627–6636 | Cite as

High temperature induced disruption of the cell wall integrity and structure in Pleurotus ostreatus mycelia

  • Zhiheng Qiu
  • Xiangli Wu
  • Wei Gao
  • Jinxia Zhang
  • Chenyang HuangEmail author
Applied microbial and cell physiology


Fungal cells are surrounded by a tight cell wall to protect them from harmful environmental conditions and to resist lysis. The synthesis and assembly determine the shape, structure, and integrity of the cell wall during the process of mycelial growth and development. High temperature is an important abiotic stress, which affects the synthesis and assembly of cell walls. In the present study, the chitin and β-1,3-glucan concentrations in the cell wall of Pleurotus ostreatus mycelia were changed after high-temperature treatment. Significantly higher chitin and β-1,3-glucan concentrations were detected at 36 °C than those incubated at 28 °C. With the increased temperature, many aberrant chitin deposition patches occurred, and the distribution of chitin in the cell wall was uneven. Moreover, high temperature disrupts the cell wall integrity, and P. ostreatus mycelia became hypersensitive to cell wall-perturbing agents at 36 °C. The cell wall structure tended to shrink or distorted after high temperature. The cell walls were observed to be thicker and looser by using transmission electron microscopy. High temperature can decrease the mannose content in the cell wall and increase the relative cell wall porosity. According to infrared absorption spectrum, high temperature broke or decreased the glycosidic linkages. Finally, P. ostreatus mycelial cell wall was easily degraded by lysing enzymes after high-temperature treatment. In other words, the cell wall destruction caused by high temperature may be a breakthrough for P. ostreatus to be easily infected by Trichoderma.


Pleurotus ostreatus Cell wall Integrity Structure Trichoderma 



This research was financially supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (2014CB138303), the China Agriculture Research System (CARS20), and the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Project (D151100004315003).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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The article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional PlanningChinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Microbial ResourcesMinistry of Agriculture and Rural AffairsBeijingChina

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