Microcyst formation in the plasmodial slime moldDidymium iridis

  title={Microcyst formation in the plasmodial slime moldDidymium iridis},
  author={Thomas J. Raub and Henry C. Aldrich},
Myxamoebae ofDidymium iridis were removed from the bacterial food source and induced to encyst by transfer to 10 mM phosphate buffer. After 24 hours of induction approximately 90% of the myxamoebae had differentiated into microcysts. The kinetics of encystment were not significantly affected by pH or osmolarity of the encystment medium. Early stages of encystment were distinguished by the appearance of autophagic vacuoles and an extracellular “slime-like” sheath. The outer wall layer… CONTINUE READING