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Acetoacetyl CoA thiolase (AACT, EC catalyzes the condensation of two acetyl CoA molecules to form acetoacetyl CoA. Two AACT-encoding genes, At5g47720 (AACT1) and At5g48230 (AACT2), were functionally identified in the Arabidopsis genome by direct enzymological assays and functional expression in yeast. Promoter::GUS fusion experiments indicated that(More)
This study investigated the apparent genetic redundancy in the biosynthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) in the Rhodospirillum rubrum genome revealed by the occurrence of three homologous PHA polymerase genes (phaC1, phaC2, and phaC3). In vitro biochemical assays established that each gene product encodes PHA polymerase. A series of single, double, and(More)
Fatty acids that are chemically functionalized at their ω-ends are rare in nature yet offer unique chemical and physical properties with wide ranging industrial applications as feedstocks for bio-based polymers, lubricants and surfactants. Two enzymatic determinants control this ω-group functionality, the availability of an appropriate acyl-CoA substrate(More)
This study explored the potential of using Rhodosprillum rubrum as the biological vehicle to convert chemically simple carbon precursors to a value-added bio-based product, the biopolymer PHA. R. rubrum strains were bioengineered to overexpress individually or in various combinations, six PHA biosynthetic genes (phaC1, phaA, phaB, phaC2, phaC3, and phaJ),(More)
Flower color is the main character throughout the plant kingdom. Though substantial information exists regarding the structural and regulatory genes involved in anthocyanin and flavonol biosynthesis, little is known that what make a diverse white vs. red color flower in natural species. Here, the contents of pigments in seven species from varied(More)
We report the characterization of the Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) 3-hydroxyacyl-acyl carrier protein dehydratase (mtHD) component of the mitochondrial fatty acid synthase (mtFAS) system, encoded by AT5G60335. The mitochondrial localization and catalytic capability of mtHD were demonstrated with a green fluorescent protein transgenesis experiment and(More)
Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology (X.G., H.J., B.J.N.), National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (X.G., B.J.N.), Department of Statistics (A.L., D.N.), Department of Genetics, Development, and Cellular Biology (L.L.), Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics(More)
The Echinacea genus is exemplary of over 30 plant families that produce a set of bioactive amides, called alkamides. The Echinacea alkamides may be assembled from two distinct moieties, a branched-chain amine that is acylated with a novel polyunsaturated fatty acid. In this study we identified the potential enzymological source of the amine moiety as a(More)
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