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The biosynthesis of cutin and suberin as an alternative source of enzymes for the production of bio-based chemicals and materials.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19344744     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Oxygenated fatty acids such as ricinoleic acid and vernolic acid can serve in the industry as synthons for the synthesis of a wide range of chemicals and polymers traditionally produced by chemical conversion of petroleum derivatives. Oxygenated fatty acids can also be useful to synthesize specialty chemicals such as cosmetics and aromas. There is thus a strong interest in producing these fatty acids in seed oils (triacylglycerols) of crop species. In the last 15 years or so, much effort has been devoted to isolate key genes encoding proteins involved in the synthesis of oxygenated fatty acids and to express them in the seeds of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana or crop species. An often overlooked but rich source of enzymes catalyzing the synthesis of oxygenated fatty acids and their esterification to glycerol is the biosynthetic pathways of the plant lipid polyesters cutin and suberin. These protective polymers found in specific tissues of all higher plants are composed of a wide variety of oxygenated fatty acids, many of which have not been reported in seed oils (e.g. saturated omega-hydroxy fatty acids and alpha,omega-diacids). The purpose of this mini-review is to give an overview of the recent advances in the biosynthesis of cutin and suberin and discuss their potential utility in producing specific oxygenated fatty acids for specialty chemicals. Special emphasis is given to the role played by specific acyltransferases and P450 fatty acid oxidases. The use of plant surfaces as possible sinks for the accumulation of high value-added lipids is also highlighted.
Yonghua Li; Fred Beisson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review     Date:  2009-04-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biochimie     Volume:  91     ISSN:  1638-6183     ISO Abbreviation:  Biochimie     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-18     Completed Date:  2009-09-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1264604     Medline TA:  Biochimie     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  685-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
UMR, CNRS-Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux, France.
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MeSH Terms
1-Acylglycerol-3-Phosphate O-Acyltransferase / genetics,  metabolism
Arabidopsis / genetics,  metabolism*
Arabidopsis Proteins / genetics,  metabolism
Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System / genetics,  metabolism
Epoxy Compounds / metabolism
Lipids / biosynthesis*
Membrane Lipids / biosynthesis*
Models, Biological
Oleic Acids / metabolism
Plants, Genetically Modified / genetics,  metabolism*
Ricinoleic Acids / metabolism
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Arabidopsis Proteins; 0/Epoxy Compounds; 0/Lipids; 0/Membrane Lipids; 0/Oleic Acids; 0/Ricinoleic Acids; 141-22-0/ricinoleic acid; 503-07-1/vernolic acid; 54990-88-4/cutin; 8072-95-5/suberin; 9035-51-2/Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System; EC 1.14.-/CYP86A1 protein, Arabidopsis; EC O-Acyltransferase; EC protein, Arabidopsis

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