SUMMARY: The cell wall of consists of 11% protein, 63% neutral carbohydrate, 9% glucosamine and 13% glucuronic acid. The sugars include glucose (32%), mannose (6%) and traces of xylose and galactose. The cell wall was fractionated with alkali to yield a mixture of alkali-soluble matrix components, and an alkali-insoluble glucan associated with chitin. The alkali-insoluble glucan contained a mixture of (1-3) and (1-6) glycosidic linkages. It was only partly susceptible to digestion by the β(1-3) glucanase, Zymolyase. The alkali-soluble fraction contained glucan, mannan and acidic polymers. The glucan was (1-3)-linked with no (1-6) linkages and only trace amounts of (1-3-6)-linked glucose. It was resistant to digestion by Zymolyase. Extensive hydrolysis of this fraction with trifluoroacetic acid released a high-molecular-mass glucuronan which had H- and C-NMR profiles matching those of the β(1-4) glucuronan, mucoric acid. Xylomannan was purified from isolated cell walls and from whole cells. It contained glucose, mannose, xylose, and D-glucuronic acid. It was very similar in composition and structure to the capsular polysaccharides of , and to an extracellular polysaccharide produced by another yeast described as Electron microscopy showed that the cell wall of has a lamellar structure characteristic of a basidiomycetous yeast rather than the electron-dense ‘fuzzy coat’ seen in


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