Cloning and functional expression of a cDNA encoding a pheromone gland-specific acyl-CoA D 11-desaturase of the cabbage looper moth , Trichoplusia ni ( acyl-CoA desaturase y Lepidoptera y pheromone biosynthesis )


Desaturation of coenzyme-A esters of saturated fatty acids is a common feature of sex pheromone biosynthetic pathways in the Lepidoptera. The enzymes that catalyze this step share several biochemical properties with the ubiquitous acyl-CoA D9-desaturases of animals and fungi, suggesting a common ancestral origin. Unlike metabolic acylCoA D9-desaturases… (More)

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