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Biol Met. 1988;1(1):18-25.

Ferricrocin functions as the main intracellular iron-storage compound in mycelia of Neurospora crassa.

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Institut für Biologie I, Universität Tübingen, Federal Republic of Germany.


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 desferriferichrome C are predominantly found intracellularly. Mössbauer spectroscopic analyses revealed that coprogen-bound iron is rapidly released after uptake in mycelia of the wild-type N. 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 of N. crassa. After uptake of ferricrocin in both the wild-type N. crassa 74A and the siderophore-free mutant N. crassa arg-5 ota aga, surprisingly little metabolization (11%) could be observed. Since ferricrocin is the main iron-storage compound in spores of N. crassa, we suggest that ferricrocin is stored in mycelia for inclusion into conidiospores.

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