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Acyl-ACP thioesterases from Camelina sativa: Cloning, enzymatic characterization and implication in seed oil fatty acid composition.

AuthorsRodríguez-Rodríguez, Manuel Fernando ; Salas, Joaquín J. ; Garcés Mancheño, Rafael ; Martínez-Force, Enrique
KeywordsAcyl-ACP thioesterases
Fatty acid biosynthesis.
Camelina sativa
Issue Date2014
CitationPhytochemistry 107: 7- 15 (2014)
AbstractAcyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) thioesterases are intraplastidial enzymes that terminate de novo fatty acid biosynthesis in the plastids of higher plants by hydrolyzing the thioester bond between ACP and the fatty acid synthesized. Free fatty acids are then esterified with coenzyme A prior to being incorporated into the glycerolipids synthesized through the eukaryotic pathway. Acyl-ACP thioesterases belong to the TE14 family of thioester-active enzymes and can be classified as FatAs and FatBs, which differ in their amino acid sequence and substrate specificity. Here, the FatA and FatB thioesterases from Camelina sativa seeds, a crop of interest in plant biotechnology, were cloned, sequenced and characterized. The mature proteins encoded by these genes were characterized biochemically after they were heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli and purified. C. sativa contained three different alleles of both the FatA and FatB genes. These genes were expressed most strongly in expanding tissues in which lipids are very actively synthesized, such as developing seed endosperm. The CsFatA enzyme displayed high catalytic efficiency on oleoyl-ACP and CsFatB acted efficiently on palmitoyl-ACP. The contribution of these two enzymes to the synthesis of C. sativa oil was discussed in the light of these results.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2014.08.014
issn: 0031-9422
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