Effect of environmental stress on morphological change of an extremely cadmium-tolerant yeast, Hansenula anomala B-7

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Effect of environmental stress on morphological change of an extremely cadmium-tolerant yeast, Hansenula anomala B-7
Nam Eung Huh; Nack Shick Choi
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Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 70-77
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An extremely cadmium-tolerant budding yeast, Hansenula anomala B-7 underwent a morphological switch in response to either heat shock treatment or cadmium stress, respectively. It exhibited a morphological transition from a unicellular yeast form to a pseudohyphae-like coagulation when subjected to prolonged heat shock treatment. In contrast, the yeast cells showed an irregularity in surface morphology when given thermal stress for a short time. Patterns of proteins expressed in the pseudohyphae-like cells demonstrated that several proteins were overexpressed while others were underexpressed in comparison with those prepared from the cells in the yeast form. It was a striking feature, however, that nearly 40% of the proteins extracted from the cells in the pseudohyphae form appeared to be composed of a single polypeptide. This polypeptide was apparently overexpressed during the pseudohyphae phase and its molecular weight was estimated to be 58 kDa according to SDS-PAGE analysis. However, a significant level of the protein was not observed in the cells before transition to pseudohyphae. The architecture of the cell shape was also damaged when incubated in a medium containing more than 1,000 ppm (8.9 mM) of cadmium ions, although able to proliferate at a slow rate. However, the irregularity in the cell morphology exerted either by the brief heat shock treatment or by the cadmium stress with the high concentrations of the metal ions was not repaired, even though the damaged cells were allowed to grow for sufficient time in fresh, cadmium- free medium.
cadmium-tolerant yeastenvironmental stressmorphological transitionpseudohyphae formpseudohyphae-specific proteinyeast form
Korea Soc-Assoc-Inst
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