1. Room-temperature CO-reduced minus reduced difference spectra of intact cells of Acanthamoeba castellanii show the presence of CO-reacting haemoproteins in cells from the early-exponential, late-exponential and stationary phases of growth. 2. The relative rates of reaction with CO of the two haemoproteins differ; that of cytochrome a/a3 with CO is complete within 1 min of bubbling with CO, whereas that of cytochrome b takes longer than 90 min. 3. Photochemical action spectra reveal cytochrome a/a3 as the predominant haemoprotein oxidase at all stages of growth. 4. It is concluded that the alternative oxidases known to be present in these organisms are not cytochromes.

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