If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.
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Synonyms: cis vaccenic acid acid biosynthesis
|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Fatty Acid and Lipid Biosynthesis → Fatty Acid Biosynthesis → Unsaturated Fatty Acid Biosynthesis|
The only unsaturated fatty acids found in E. coli, palmitoleate and cis-vaccenate, comprise about one-half the fatty acid content of the organism [Gelmann72]. The proportion of unsaturated fatty acids is known to increase in E. coli with lower growth temperature. This phenomenon, found in most organisms, that provides a mechanism for adjusting the lipid phase transition of the membrane phospholipids to differing temperatures.
KASII encoded by fabF is the only enzyme that can catalyze the conversion of palmitoleate to cis-vaccenate, and is believed to play a major role in the thermal regulation of fatty acid composition of the membrane phospholipids of E. coli [Garwin80a]. KASII is one of three β-ketoacyl-ACP synthases (KAS) in E. coli: KASI, KASII and KASIII, encoded by fabB, fabF and fabH, respectively.
It has been shown that KASII is more active at low temperatures (relative to the overall rate of fatty acid synthesis) than at high temperatures [Garwin80]. This relative increase results in the production of cis-vaccenate rather than palmitoleate. Furthermore, because the former (but not the later) can be incorporated into both positions of sn-glycerol 3-phosphate, the synthesis of diunsaturated phospholipids occurs and the thermotrophic phase transition of the membrane phospholipids is lowered [Garwin80a].
About This Pathway
The first step in the biosynthesis of cis-vaccenate from palmitoleate is elongation from C16 to C18 with formation of a 3-oxo group, catalyzed by the product of fabF. The next three steps then complete the elongation cycle. These include reduction of the 3-oxo group, dehydration to form the trans-2-enoyl-ACP a (2-trans-11-cis)-vaccen-2-enoyl-[acp], and reduction of the resulting 2,3 double bond to form the acyl-ACP, a cis-vaccenoyl-[acp].
The dehydration step is catalyzed by FabZ. A second dehydratase encoded by fabA prefers substrates with 10-carbon aliphatic chains and does not use unsaturated substrates [Heath96a, Leesong96]. FabA functions at the branch point between saturated and unsaturated fatty acid biosynthesis (see pathway (5Z)-dodec-5-enoate biosynthesis).
The identity of the reductase that catalyzes the fourth reaction is likely to be FabI. It has been suggested that FabI is probably the only such reductase that participates in both saturated and unsaturated fatty acid biosynthesis in E. coli [Heath95]. The acyl-ACP (a cis-vaccenoyl-[acp]) formed is utilized for phospholipid biosynthesis (see pathway CDP-diacylglycerol biosynthesis II). In the final reaction, although the function of the TesA thioesterase is unclear, it can potentially liberate the free fatty acid cis-vaccenate.
Variants: (5Z)-dodec-5-enoate biosynthesis
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