SUMMARY: P NMR spectra were obtained from perchloric acid (PCA) and KOH extracts of mycelium. Signals indicating the presence of large amounts of short-chain polyphosphate were observed in the spectra of PCA extracts of mycelia grown under both low (0.1 mM) and high (10 mM) phosphate conditions. The mean chain length of polyphosphate was calculated from the relative areas of signals arising from terminal and internal P nuclei in the polyphosphate chain. The small amount of polyphosphate evident in the KOH extract had an average chain length similar to PCA-soluble polyphosphate. P tracer studies indicated that phosphorus in the PCA fraction accounted for between 50 and 60% of total phosphorus, the bulk of the remainder being divided between the lipid and KOH extracts. The presence of the fungicide phosphorous acid markedly reduced the average chain length of acid-soluble polyphosphate. This reduction occurred both under low-phosphate conditions, in which treatment with phosphorous acid retards growth, and under high-phosphate conditions, in which no significant growth retardation is observed. Treatment with phosphorous acid perturbed phosphorus distribution and lipid composition under low-phosphate conditions.


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