Apr 1, 1976

Some properties of a microsomal oleate desaturase from leaves

The Biochemical Journal
C R SlackJ Terpstra


1. When [1-14C]oleoyl-CoA was incubated with a pea-leaf homogenate oleate was both incorporated into microsomal 3-sn-phosphatidylcholine and released as the unesterified fatty acid. The proportion of oleate incorporated into this phospholipid was dependent on the relative amounts of thiol ester and microsomal preparation present in reactions. 2. At the concentrations of microsomal preparation and [14C]oleoyl-CoA used to study oleate desaturation the metabolism of the thiol ester was essentially complete after 5 min incubation, but the loss of label from 3-sn-phosphatidylcholine oleate and the concomitant increase in radioactivity in the linoleate of this phospholipid proceeded at approximately linear rates over a 60 min period. The kinetics of labelling of unesterified linoleate was consistent with the view that this labelled fatty acid was derived from 3-sn-phosphatidylcholine. 3. Oleate desaturation required oxygen and with unwashed microsomal fractions was stimulated either by NADPH or by the 105 000g supernatant. Washed microsomal preparations did not catalyse desaturation, but actively was restored by the addition of NADPH, 105 000G supernatant or Sephadex-treated supernatant. NADPH could be replaced by NADH or NADP+, but ...Continue Reading

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