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|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Fatty Acids and Lipids Biosynthesis → Fatty Acid Biosynthesis|
Fatty acids are key building blocks for the phospholipid components of cell membranes and are determinants of intracellular communication, in the form of lipid second messengers [Prieschl00], and fatty acyl moieties of proteins that modify their location and function [Resh99].
There are two basic types of fatty acid (FAS) biosynthesis mechanisms. The type I system is found in mammals and lower eukaryotes. The mammalian system consists of a single gene product that contains all of the reaction centers required to produce a fatty acid (see fatty acid synthase from Homo sapiens), while the system of lower eukaryotes (such as yeast) consists of two genes, whose polypeptide products combine to form a multifunctional complex (see fatty acid synthase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae).
Type II systems are found in bacteria, plants [White05], parasites of the Apicomplexa phylum [Ferguson07] and mitochondria [Zhang03d, Miinalainen03]. The reactions in these systems are catalyzed by a series of individual soluble proteins that are each encoded by a discrete gene, and the pathway intermediates are transferred between the enzymes as thioesters of a holo-[acyl-carrier protein].
The best studied pathway is that of Escherichia coli K-12, from which all the enzymes have been purified and crystalized. In plants fatty acid synthesis occurs mainly in plastids of leaf mesophyll cells, seeds, and oil-accumulating fruits. Although most of the synthesis occurrs in plastids, it has been shown that mitochondria are also capable of synthesizing fatty acids [Yasuno04].
Fatty acid biosynthesis starts with an initiation sequence that produces an acetoacetyl-[acp], an activated molecule that is used for subsequent elongation reactions, which ultimately produce the final fatty acid products. This pathway describes only the initiation sequnce, subsequent elongation reactions are described in the pathways fatty acid elongation -- saturated and cis-dodecenoyl biosynthesis.
About This Pathway
Escherichia coli K-12 has several different routes in which it can produce acetoacetyl-ACP, using different combinations of its three β-ketoacyl-ACP synthases (KAS). KASI, KASII and KASIII, are encoded by fabB, fabF and fabH, respectively. In general, the fabH-encoded enzyme is responsible for the initiation of fatty acid elongation, utilizing acyl-coA primers, while the fabB/fabF products are responsible for the subsequent rounds of elongation, condensing malonyl-ACP with different length acyl-ACPs to extend the acyl chain by two carbons [White05, Schujman08].
In this theoretical pathway all three β-ketoacyl-ACP synthases participate. In the first reaction acetyl-CoA is transacylated to a holo-[acyl-carrier protein] by acetyl-CoA:ACP transacylase activity. This activity has been attributed to KASIII, although it is a minor activity of the enzyme (the trans-acylation specific activity is only about 200-fold less than the enzyme's condensation activity). It is possible that another acetyl transacylase exists in the organism, although this has not been verified [Lowe88, Tsay92].
The product of this reaction, an acetyl-[acp], can be condensed with a malonyl-[acp] by either KASI or KASII to form an acetoacetyl-[acp]. While these reactions have been verified in vitro [Garwin80a, Garwin80], the importance of this route in vivo is not clear, since these enzymes are believed to be primarily responsible for elongation reactions [White05].
Unification Links: EcoCyc:PWY-5966
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