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Microbiology. 1997 Jan;143 ( Pt 1):197-202.

Use of morphology index histograms to quantify populations of the fungal pathogen Paracoccidioides brasiliensis.

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Laboratories of Mycology and Structural Biology, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas (IVIC), Caracas, Venezuela. gsanblas@pasteur.ivic.ve

Abstract

To quantify the dimorphic process in wild and mutant strains of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, we defined a morphology index (Mi) in terms of the maximum cell length (l), maximum cell diameter (d), and septal diameter (s), according to the equation Mi = 2.13 + 1.13 log10 (ls/d2), whose intercept and slope were such that Mi was around 1 for yeast (spherical) cells or 4 for hyphal (elongated) cells. This discriminatory power was used to quantify morphological population mixtures through Mi histograms. During the temperature-induced dimorphic transition (either way), mean Mi (Mi) varied linearly with time, suggesting a continuity in the process. Also, in wild strains and mutants thereof we found an inverse relationship between Mi and content of both cell wall chitin and 1,3-alpha-glucan.

PMID:
9025294
DOI:
10.1099/00221287-143-1-197
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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