Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract Candida albicans starved cells were incubated in minimal synthetic liquid media containing different concentrations of ammonium sulphate (0.00, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.03, 0.50 g/L). Culture growth was monitored by measuring daily the optical density and by evaluating RNA and protein cellular content after 48 and 96 hours from the inoculum. The environmental availability of ammonium ion influenced the biomass production, that was maximum when its concentration was 0.10 and 0.30 g/L. In addition, an effect on cell duplication time was observed, this was particularly evident when the (NH4)2SO4 concentration was 0.10 g/L. The protein content increased in relation to the increase of ammonium ion availability, with a peak in correspondence to 0.30 g/L and a drop when the greatest concentrations were employed. RNA production was inversely proportional in respect to protein production. The optimal range of ammonium sulphate concentration forC. albicans growth was 0.10–0.30 g/L; over these concentrations there was an inhibitory effect. The rate of the protein and RNA syntheses seems to indicate the growth phase and the nitrogen nutritional conditions of the cultures, respectively.
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