Summary: The prenols of were found to be a mixture of C-C prenols and α-dihydroprenols with C as the main type; the principal ubiquinones were ubiquinone-9 and its (side-chain) dihydro-derivative. A strain contained higher levels of prenols, ubiquinones, ergosterol, and β-carotene than a strain, and the levels of all four types of isoprenoid were higher again in mated cultures. The overall increase in isoprenoid synthesis in mated cultures was sometimes tenfold but the different isoprenoid types were not all equally affected by the mating process; possible roles for the different types in sexual differentiation are considered.


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