Of the L and D configurations of four amino acids (phenylalanine, valine, tryptophan, tyrosine) tested for influence on the growth rate of Tetrahymena, only L-tyrosine was able to induce imprinting in Tetrahymena pyriformis Zeuthen. D-valine stimulated the division of T.pyriformis NT-1, but failed to induce imprinting. The experiments have substantiated the selectivity of the amino acid receptors of Y.pyriformis, and the extraordinary imprinting potential of tyrosine as well, as judged by its influence on the growth rate.

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