Mónica Venegas-Calerón

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It is now accepted that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA; 20:5Delta5,8,11,14,17) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6Delta4,7,10,13,16,19) play important roles in a number of aspects of human health, with marine fish rich in these beneficial fatty acids our primary dietary source. However, over-fishing and concerns(More)
Ever since the recent completion of the peach genome, the focus of genetic research in this area has turned to the identification of genes related to important traits, such as fruit aroma volatiles. Of the over 100 volatile compounds described in peach, lactones most likely have the strongest effect on fruit aroma, while esters, terpenoids, and aldehydes(More)
Dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have a proven role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and precursor disease states such as metabolic syndrome. Although most studies have focussed on the predominant omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid), recent evidence suggests similar health benefits(More)
The synthesis and accumulation of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid has previously been demonstrated in the seeds of transgenic plants. However, the obtained levels are relatively low, indicating the need for further studies and the better definition of the interplay between endogenous lipid synthesis and the non-native(More)
cDNA clones encoding cytochrome b5 fusion desaturases were isolated from Primula cortusoides L. and Primula luteola Ruprecht, species previously shown to preferentially accumulate either n−6 or n−3 Δ6-desaturated fatty acids, respectively. Functional characterisation of these desaturases in yeast revealed that the recombinant Primula enzymes displayed(More)
Fatty acid desaturases (FAD) play an important role in plant lipid metabolism and they can be found in several subcellular compartments such as the plastids and endoplasmic reticulum. Lipids are critical components of the cell membrane and, as a consequence, they are fundamental for the proper growth and development of all living organisms. We have used(More)
To further characterize the stearoyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) desaturase (EC and the acyl-ACP thioesterase FatB (EC activities from sunflower seeds, we cloned, sequenced and expressed the recombinant genes in Escherichia coli. We obtained two partially purified proteins, His-SAD and His-FATB, each of about 45000 Da. The expression of(More)
Enoyl-[acyl carrier protein]-reductases from sunflower. A major factor contributing to the amount of fatty acids in plant oils are the first steps of their synthesis. The intraplastidic fatty acid biosynthetic pathway in plants is catalysed by type II fatty acid synthase (FAS). The last step in each elongation cycle is carried out by the(More)
Ferredoxins are proteins that participate in photosynthesis and in other processes that require reducing equivalents, such as the reduction of nitrogen or fatty acid desaturation. Two classes of ferredoxins have been described in plants: light-regulated photosynthetic ferredoxins and heterotrophic ferredoxins whose activity is not influenced by light. Genes(More)
Although plant plastidial omega3-desaturases are closely related to microsomal desaturases, heterologous expression in yeast of the Helianthus annuus FAD7 omega3-desaturase showed low activity in contrast to similar expression of microsomal FAD3 omega3-desaturases. However, the removal of the plastidial transit peptide and the incorporation of a KKNL motif(More)