Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society

, Volume 84, Issue 9, pp 809–816

Cloning of Flax Oleic Fatty Acid Desaturase and Its Expression in Yeast

  • Anna Krasowska
  • Dorota Dziadkowiec
  • Anna Polinceusz
  • Aneta Plonka
  • Marcin Łukaszewicz
Original Paper


Fatty acid desaturases dehydrogenate acyl chains, which results in the formation of a double bond. Using PCR on flax genomic DNA, we cloned a putative Δ12 fatty acid desaturase (Fad2) gene encoding a 378 amino acid protein. Heterologous expression of this protein in yeast as an N-terminal fusion to GFP showed its localization within endoplasmic reticulum. Analysis of membrane lipids revealed the production of dienoic fatty acids, decreased levels of FAD2 substrates and an increased concentration of longer fatty acids. Higher peroxidation of lipids in FAD2-containing strains is not reflected by any visible phenotype in YPD medium. However, FAD2-containing strains with deleted superoxide dismutase genes exhibited significant growth reductions under oxidative stress.


FAD2 fatty acid desaturase Linum usitatissimum Saccharomyces cerevisiae Cu–Zn superoxide dismutase Manganese superoxide dismutase Omega-6 fatty acids 



Green fluorescent protein


Oleic acid (Δ12) fatty acid desaturase


Fatty acid


Polyunsaturated fatty acid




Superoxide dismutase


Fatty acid methyl esters


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Krasowska
    • 1
  • Dorota Dziadkowiec
    • 1
  • Anna Polinceusz
    • 1
  • Aneta Plonka
    • 1
  • Marcin Łukaszewicz
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of BiotechnologyWrocław UniversityPrzybyszewskiegoPoland

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