Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 102, Issue 1, pp 167–169 | Cite as

Sex specificity of hormone synthesis in Mucor mucedo

  • M. Nieuwenhuis
  • H. Van Den Ende
Short Communications


Sex specificity is observed in the mating types of the fungus Mucor mucedo with respect to the production of 4-hydroxy methyltrisporates (plus mating type) and trisporins (minus mating type), and in the conversion of these metabolites to trisporic acids by the mating partner. These compounds induce zygophores on the opposite mating type only.

Key words

Mucor mucedo Sex Hormones Trisporic Acids 4-Hydroxy Methyltrisporates Trisporins 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Nieuwenhuis
    • 1
  • H. Van Den Ende
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant PhysiologyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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