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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Delta-8 desaturation activity varies among fatty acyl desaturases of teleost fish: high activity in delta-6 desaturases of marine species
Authors: Monroig, Oscar
Li, Yuanyou
Tocher, Douglas R
Contact Email: drt1@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Teleost fish
long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid
Biosynthesis
Fatty acyl desaturases
Delta-8 activity
Delta-6 activity
Yeast expression assay
Marine
Freshwater
Issue Date: Aug-2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Monroig O, Li Y & Tocher DR (2011) Delta-8 desaturation activity varies among fatty acyl desaturases of teleost fish: high activity in delta-6 desaturases of marine species, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 159 (4), pp. 206-213.
Abstract: The benefits of dietary fish and fish oil are derived from n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) that have beneficial effects in a range of human diseases and pathologies such as cardiovascular and other inflammatory disorders, neural development and neurological pathologies. The precursor of n-3 LC-PUFA, 18:3n-3 does not have the same beneficial effects prompting interest in the pathways of endogenous synthesis of LC-PUFA in vertebrates. The LC-PUFA biosynthesis pathway classically involves Δ6 and Δ5 fatty acyl desaturases (Fad), but it was recently shown that Δ6 Fad in mammals also displayed Δ8 activity demonstrating a possible alternative “Δ8-pathway” for the synthesis of LC-PUFA. Our primary hypothesis was that Δ8 desaturase activity would be a common feature of vertebrate Δ6 Fads, and so the aim of the present study was to determine the ability of teleostei Fads for Δ8 desaturation activity. To this end, cDNAs for Fads from a range of freshwater, diadromous and marine teleost fish species were assayed for Δ8 activity in the heterologous yeast expression system. In summary, the present study has demonstrated that Δ8 desaturation activity was also a characteristic of fish orthologs, although the activity varied notably between freshwater/diadromous and marine fish species, with the latter possessing Fads2-like proteins with Δ8 activity far higher than mammalian FADS2. The data showed that, generally, the fish Fad are technically υ-3 desaturases, with new double bonds introduced 3C beyond a pre-existing double bond. However, the ability of zebrafish and rabbitfish Fads, previously characterised as Δ6/Δ5 bifunctional desaturases, to introduce non-methylene interrupted double bonds in 20:3n-3 and 20:2n-6 suggested that a novel combination of regioselectivity modes operates within these enzymes.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/3090
URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10964959
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpb.2011.04.007
Rights: Published in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by Elsevier. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Volume 159, Issue 4, August 2011, pp. 206 - 213.; This is the peer reviewed version of this article.; NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, VOL 159, ISSUE 4, (August 2011). DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpb.2011.04.007.
Affiliation: Aquaculture
Shantou University
Aquaculture

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