If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.
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Synonyms: palmitoleic acid biosynthesis I, palmitoleate biosynthesis (anaerobic)
|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Fatty Acid and Lipid Biosynthesis → Fatty Acid Biosynthesis → Unsaturated Fatty Acid Biosynthesis → Palmitoleate Biosynthesis|
In E. coli, two unsaturated fatty acids, palmitoleate and cis-vaccenate, together comprise about one-half of the total fatty acid content of the organism. Palmitate, palmitoleate and cis-vaccenate make up the bulk of the fatty acids found in E. coli membranes [Magnuson93].
About This Pathway
In E. coli, the extension of a cis-δ-5-decenoyl-[acp] to a palmitoleoyl-[acp] is believed to be catalyzed primarily by KASI. Inactivation of this enzyme leads to a lack of unsaturated fatty acids [Cronan69]. On the other hand, overexpression of KASI leads to the overproduction of cis-vaccenate [deMendoza83].
It has been shown that the basal ratio of saturated to unsaturated fatty acids in E. coli is controlled by the level of two enzymes - β-hydroxyacyl-ACP dehydratase/isomerase (fabA) and KASI [Magnuson93]. The former introduces unsaturation (see (5Z)-dodec-5-enoate biosynthesis), while the other elongates the unsaturated fatty acid to the level of a palmitoleoyl-[acp] (this pathway).
Additional control over this ratio is provided by temperature. The proportion of unsaturated fatty acids is known to increase in E. coli with lower growth temperature, a phenomenon found in most organisms that provides a mechanism for adjusting the lipid phase transition of the membrane phospholipids to differing temperatures. It has been shown that KASII which is responsible for the further elongation of the unsaturated fatty acids to the final level of cis-vaccenate (see cis-vaccenate biosynthesis), 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. Because the former (but not the later) can be incorporated into both positions of sn-glycerol 3-phosphate, the synthesis of di-unsaturated phospholipids occurs and the thermotrophic phase transition of the membrane phospholipids is lowered [Garwin80a].
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