Conversion in the peptides coating cadmium:sulfide crystallites in Candida glabrata

J Inorg Biochem. 1992 Nov 1;48(2):95-105. doi: 10.1016/0162-0134(92)80019-r.


Cultures of Candida glabrata treated with CdCl2 form intracellular Cd(II) complexes that evolve with the time of culturing. Initially, glutathione (gamma ECG) appears to be the major buffering component. One type of Cd(II)-glutathione complex exists as a cadmium:sulfide (CdS) crystallite coated with glutathione. A time dependent change in the coating of the CdS particles occurs with a decrease in the (gamma ECG) content and a corresponding increase in the abundance of (gamma EC)nG peptides with (gamma EC)2G becoming the predominant peptide. The des-Gly variant (gamma EC)2 appears in significant concentration only in late cultures. The evolution in isopeptide coating appears to be dependent on the sulfide content of the CdS particles. Cellular conditions that enhance the generation of sulfide ions facilitate the conversion from gamma ECG to (gamma EC)2G.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Buffers
  • Cadmium / chemistry*
  • Cadmium Compounds*
  • Candida / metabolism*
  • Crystallization
  • Glutathione / chemistry*
  • Kinetics
  • Peptides / chemistry*
  • Sulfides*


  • Buffers
  • Cadmium Compounds
  • Peptides
  • Sulfides
  • Cadmium
  • cadmium sulfide
  • Glutathione