Isolation and characterization of delta(6)-desaturase, an ELO-like enzyme and delta(5)-desaturase from the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha and production of arachidonic and eicosapentaenoic acids in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris.


The liverwort Marchantia polymorpha contains high proportions of arachidonic and eicosapentaenoic acids. In general, these C20 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are synthesized from linoleic and alpha -linolenic acids, respectively, by a series of reactions catalyzed by Delta(6)-desaturase, an ELO-like enzyme involved in Delta(6) elongation and Delta(5… (More)


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