Identification of the acrasin of Dictyostelium minutum as a derivative of folic acid.


The acrasin of the slime mold Dictyostelium minutum was isolated from aggregating cells and purified. The compound was species specific and more active in the aggregative than in the vegetative stage. Three observations strongly suggest a structural relationship between the acrasin and folic acid. (1) Folic acid inhibited acrasin degradation by D. minutum… (More)