Nucleic acid-containing particles in the cytoplasm of Amoeba proteus (cf. reference 1) were counted after acridine orange staining. The number of particles per ameba was found to be correlated with cell age and size. Fresh daughters had a mean particle number of 5400, whereas predivision amebae contained around 11,000 particles. Amebae from two other strains contained similar particles. The particles were found to be clustered in fasted cells and redispersed after feeding. A marked increase in the particle population was noted in anucleate fragments. These results, together with those previously presented, suggest that the particles multiply intracellularly. Their nature and their relationship to previous work on nucleic acid labeling in Amoeba are discussed.

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