Europhys. Lett.
Volume 47, Number 6, September 1999
Page(s) 736 - 742
Section Interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology
Published online 01 September 2002
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i1999-00452-6

Europhys. Lett, 47 (6), pp. 736-742 (1999)

Intercellular communication during yeast cell growth

F. Musumeci 1, A. Scordino 1, A. Triglia 1, G. Blandino 2 and I. Milazzo 2

1 Department of Physical and Chemical Methodologies for Engineering, Unit INFN and
INFM, Catania University - Catania, Italy
2 Institute of Microbiology, Catania University - Catania, Italy

(received 30 November 1998; accepted in final form 15 July 1999)

PACS. 87.10${\rm +e}$ - General theory and mathematical aspects.
PACS. 87.17${\rm -d}$ - Cellular structure and processes.


An experiment has been performed that has shown the existence of cellular communication between optically coupled cultures which are chemically separate. The experiment used for the cellular culture the temperature-sensitive mutant yeast strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The novelty of this experiment lies in the simplicity of the experimental protocol and in the reasonably high statistic significance of the obtained results.


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