Microspores of Lilium longiflorum were isolated at various stages of development surrounding the mitotic interval and were analyzed for changes in the activities of D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase and aldolase. Fructose 1,6 diphosphate was used as substrate. Activities were measured by the increase in optical density due to the reduction of diphosphopyridine nucleotide.
It was found that mitosis occurs during the minimal activity of both aldolase and D-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate, thus indicating that heightened glycolytic capacity is not necessarily related to mitosis. It was also found that soluble-SH levels were highest when the enzymes were least active. It appeared, therefore, that the "—SH enzymes" are not necessarily activated intracellularly by high concentrations of soluble thiol. These results are discussed in connection with the theory that soluble-SH compounds stimulate glycolysis and in this way initiate mitosis.