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Catalatic Capacities In Heat-shocked Euglena Cells.
Published 1990 · Chemistry, Medicine
1. Various heat treatments were applied to the wild strain Z. Klebs. of Euglena gracilis. 2. Samples of cells were taken at day 1 of the culture at 26 degrees C in a 33 mM lactate medium, when the catalatic capacities of the catalase were highest. 3. They were either submitted to heat treatments (36 and 38 degrees C), or heat-shocks (40, 42 degrees C) or non-permissive heat stress (45 degrees C) for 15 min, 1 and 2 hr. 4. After a 2-hr 45 degrees C treatment the cells were unable to recover normal physiological functions. 5. Heat treatments between 36 and 38 degrees C decreased the catalatic capacities of cells, while heat-shocks at 40 and 42 degrees C strongly reinforced these capacities of hydrogen peroxide dismutation. 6. Having been heat-shocked at 42 degrees C for 2 hr, the cells became different from control cells: (a) after several months of culture, they displayed catalatic capacities increased by 65%; (b) they were able from now on to survive a 2 hr heat shock at 45 degrees C.