Dissimilar effects of L and D amino acids on the growth of Tetrahymena

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Of the L and D configurations of four amino acids (phenylalanine, valine, tryptophan, tyrosine) tested for influence on the growth rate of Tetrahymena, only L-tyrosine was able to induce imprinting in Tetrahymena pyriformis Zeuthen. D-valine stimulated the division of T.pyriformis NT-1, but failed to induce imprinting. The experiments have substantiated the selectivity of the amino acid receptors of Y.pyriformis, and the extraordinary imprinting potential of tyrosine as well, as judged by its influence on the growth rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-760
Number of pages4
JournalBioscience Reports
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 1987


  • amino acid isomers
  • cell growth
  • receptors
  • tetrahymena

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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