MetaCyc Pathway: Δ5-eicosenoate biosynthesis

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Pathway diagram: delta5-eicosenoate biosynthesis

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Synonyms: Δ5-eicosenoic acid biosynthesis

Superclasses: Biosynthesis Fatty Acid and Lipid Biosynthesis Fatty Acid Biosynthesis Unsaturated Fatty Acid Biosynthesis

Some taxa known to possess this pathway include ? : Limnanthes alba , Limnanthes douglasii

Expected Taxonomic Range: Magnoliophyta

Oleate (18:1Δ9) is the most commonly found mono-unsaturated fatty acids in plant oils. However a number of other mono-unsaturated fatty acid species are naturally accumulated in some plants. The seed oil of Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) has high content of Δ5 unsaturated C20 and C22 fatty acids, with (5Z)-icos-5-enoate (20:1Δ5) accounting for 60% of the total fatty acids. The high content of (5Z)-icos-5-enoate makes the meadowfoam seed oil desirable for use in cosmetics, surfactants and lubricants.

The biosynthesis of Δ5-eicosenoate biosynthesis in Limnanthes alba has several novel features. Firstly, the elongation step, which is catalyzed by saturated fatty acid-specific FAE1, starts with palmitate (16:0) instead of stearate (18:0) or oleate (18:1). The latter two serve as the initial substrates for very long chain fatty acids biosynthesis in most plant species [Pollard80].

Secondly, the Δ5 double bond is introduced by an acyl-CoA desaturase [Moreau81, Cahoon00]. Acyl-CoA desaturation is the major route of monounsaturated fatty acid synthesis in animals and fungi, but is rarely found in plants, which usually use either an acyl-[acp] desaturase or an acyl-lipid desaturase (which act on fatty acids bound to coenzyme A or glycerol lipids, respectively, as substrates).

Variants: cis-dodecenoate biosynthesis , cis-vaccenate biosynthesis , sapienate biosynthesis

Created 02-Oct-2006 by Zhang P , TAIR
Revised 12-Nov-2014 by Caspi R , SRI International


Cahoon00: Cahoon EB, Marillia EF, Stecca KL, Hall SE, Taylor DC, Kinney AJ (2000). "Production of fatty acid components of meadowfoam oil in somatic soybean embryos." Plant Physiol 124(1);243-51. PMID: 10982439

Moreau81: Moreau RA, Pollard MR, Stumpf PK (1981). "Properties of a delta 5-fatty acyl-CoA desaturase in the cotyledons of developing Limnanthes alba." Arch Biochem Biophys 209(2);376-84. PMID: 7294800

Pollard80: Pollard MR, Stumpf PK (1980). "Biosynthesis of C(20) and C(22) Fatty Acids by Developing Seeds of Limnanthes alba: CHAIN ELONGATION AND Delta5 DESATURATION." Plant Physiol 66(4);649-55. PMID: 16661496

Other References Related to Enzymes, Genes, Subpathways, and Substrates of this Pathway

King07: King A, Nam JW, Han J, Hilliard J, Jaworski JG (2007). "Cuticular wax biosynthesis in petunia petals: cloning and characterization of an alcohol-acyltransferase that synthesizes wax-esters." Planta 226(2);381-94. PMID: 17323080

Latendresse13: Latendresse M. (2013). "Computing Gibbs Free Energy of Compounds and Reactions in MetaCyc."

Lederer94: Lederer F (1994). "The cytochrome b5-fold: an adaptable module." Biochimie 76(7);674-92. PMID: 7893819

Napier03: Napier JA, Michaelson LV, Sayanova O (2003). "The role of cytochrome b5 fusion desaturases in the synthesis of polyunsaturated fatty acids." Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 68(2);135-43. PMID: 12538077

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Please cite the following article in publications resulting from the use of MetaCyc: Caspi et al, Nucleic Acids Research 42:D459-D471 2014
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