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1. In vitro assay conditions have been defined for measurement of delta 9 desaturase activity in Tetrahymena pyriformis W. 2. The reaction depends on the presence of oxygen and a reduced pyridine nucleotide cofactor. FAD supports a low level of enzymatic activity. 3. Both stearyl-CoA and palmityl-CoA are acceptable substrates. Oleate formation is maximal at(More)
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