Larvae of Dendraster excentricus were produced by collecting gametes and carrying out fertilization under aseptic conditions. Since gametes are free of bacteria in the gonad, bacteria-free (axenic) suspensions of larvae result. Net rates of entry of 14 amino acids and the rate of production of ammonia were simultaneously determined by high-performance liquid chromatography. The net rates of uptake of neutral amino acids were an order of magnitude greater than rates for basic and acidic amino acids. Influx of 14C-labeled leucine, arginine, and glutamate accurately reflects the net entry rate of these substrates. Uptake of amino acids by axenic suspensions of larvae was compared with uptake by suspensions prepared without aseptic precautions. There was no significant difference in net uptake of the 14 amino acids or in the pattern of oxidation and assimilation of [14C]leucine during short-term experiments of 4-h duration or less.
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