Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

, Volume 399, Issue 1–2, pp 27–37 | Cite as

Transcriptional and antioxidative responses to endogenous polyunsaturated fatty acid accumulation in yeast

  • Luka Andrisic
  • Emma J. Collinson
  • Oksana Tehlivets
  • Eleonora Perak
  • Tomislav Zarkovic
  • Ian W. Dawes
  • Neven Zarkovic
  • Ana Cipak GasparovicEmail author


Pathophysiology of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) is associated with aberrant lipid and oxygen metabolism. In particular, under oxidative stress, PUFAs are prone to autocatalytic degradation via peroxidation, leading to formation of reactive aldehydes with numerous potentially harmful effects. However, the pathological and compensatory mechanisms induced by lipid peroxidation are very complex and not sufficiently understood. In our study, we have used yeast capable of endogenous PUFA synthesis in order to understand the effects triggered by PUFA accumulation on cellular physiology of a eukaryotic organism. The mechanisms induced by PUFA accumulation in S. cerevisiae expressing Hevea brasiliensis Δ12-fatty acid desaturase include down-regulation of components of electron transport chain in mitochondria as well as up-regulation of pentose-phosphate pathway and fatty acid β-oxidation at the transcriptional level. Interestingly, while no changes were observed at the transcriptional level, activities of two important enzymatic antioxidants, catalase and glutathione-S-transferase, were altered in response to PUFA accumulation. Increased intracellular glutathione levels further suggest an endogenous oxidative stress and activation of antioxidative defense mechanisms under conditions of PUFA accumulation. Finally, our data suggest that PUFA in cell membrane causes metabolic changes which in turn lead to adaptation to endogenous oxidative stress.


PUFA Desaturase ROS Fatty acid β-oxidation Catalase 


Conflict of interest

All authors declare no potential conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luka Andrisic
    • 1
  • Emma J. Collinson
    • 2
  • Oksana Tehlivets
    • 3
  • Eleonora Perak
    • 4
  • Tomislav Zarkovic
    • 5
  • Ian W. Dawes
    • 6
  • Neven Zarkovic
    • 1
  • Ana Cipak Gasparovic
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Rudjer Boskovic InstituteZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Discipline of Anatomy and Histology, School of Medical SciencesUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Institute of Molecular Biosciences, Lipidomics Research Center GrazUniversity of GrazGrazAustria
  4. 4.Veterinary InstituteZagrebCroatia
  5. 5.Molecular Biosciences Study Program on Bioinformatics/Zagrebacka bankaZagrebCroatia
  6. 6.School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular SciencesUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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