The involvement of phospholipid:diacylglycerol acyltransferases in triacylglycerol production

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We have characterized three CoA-independent types of enzyme, phospholipases, phospholipid:diacylglycerol acyltransferases (PDATs) and cholinephosphotransferases, responsible for the removal of unusual fatty acids from phosphatidylcholine (PC) in microsomal preparations from developing oil seeds. The metabolism of sn-2-[(14)C]acyl-PC was monitored in microsomal preparations from various oilseeds having either medium-chain, acetylenic, epoxy or hydroxy fatty acids as their major fatty acids in the oil. The results indicate that PDAT plays a major role in removing ricinoleic acid and vernolic acid from phospholipids in Ricinus communis and Crepis palaestina seeds, respectively. However, vernolic, crepenynic and capric acids are primarily removed from phospholipids by phospholipases in Euphorbia lagascae, Crepis rubra and elm seeds, respectively. Further, we show that significant PDAT activity is also present in vegetative tissues of Arabidopsis thaliana.


  • A Banas
  • A Dahlqvist
  • U Ståhl
  • Marit Lenman
  • S Stymne
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Research areas and keywords

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  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • lipid, oleosine, protein, starch
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-705
JournalBiochemical Society Transactions
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Department of Cell and Organism Biology (Closed 2011.) (011002100)