When cultures of Gibberella fujikuroi are incubated with 24-epiiminolanosterol the introduction of a methyl group into sterol side chains at C-24 is blocked inducing a mycelial accumulation of lanosterol and 24-desalkylsterols, i.e., having the cholestane side chain. The altered sterol composition lead to aberrant mycelial membranes resulting in growth inhibition. A compensatory physiological response to the ensuing hyphal death was induction of asexual sporulation. The results are interpreted to imply that regulation of sterol C-24 transalkylation may be a mechanism to mediate life cycle events of fungi.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Sep 16 1986|