Gerry J.C. Hill, Muriel Ft Cunningham, Margaret M. Byrne, Thomas P. Ferry, Jason S. Halvorson

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Under the influence of the pheromone, “circein,” produced by an oogonial mother cell of Oedogonium donnellii Wolle, the androspore of the same species progresses through several behavioral changes and a series of developmental stages which result in the formation of a sperm‐producing dwarf male thallus. When subjected instead to an environment with an increased nitrate or ammonium ion concentration [0.02 M KNO3 or 0.01 M (NH)2SO4], an androspore undergoes a series of developmental changes which result in the formation of a vegetative male thallus indistinguishable from the one which originally released it. If exposed to neither circein nor increased nitrate/ammonium ion concentration, the androspore enters a cycle of swimming androspore: cyst: swimming androspore. Thus, three separate paths are open to the androspore depending on its environment: (1) development into a dwarf male thallus under the influence of female‐produced pheromone, circein, (2) development into a vegetative thallus under the influence of increased nitrate/ammonium ion concentration, and (3) periodic regeneration through an encystment cycle in an unaltered environment. Treatments with transcriptional and translational inhibitors indicate that androspore development into either a dwarf male or a vegetative thallus requires several different phases of de novo synthesis of RXA and protein stimulated by circein or by nitrate ion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-376
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Phycology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Oedogonium
  • androspore
  • chlorophyta
  • circein
  • developmental control
  • morphogenesis
  • nitrate
  • pheromone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Plant Science


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