Specificity of Δ6 Desaturase — Effect of Chain Length and Number of Double Bonds

  • J. C. Castuma
  • R. R. Brenner
  • W. Kunau
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 83)


Oleic, linoleic and α-linolenic acids are desaturated by the same microsomal enzyme called Δ6 desaturase since it introduces the double bond between carbons 6–7 (Brenner and Peluffo, 1966; Brenner, 1971; Inkpen et al, 1969; Brenner, 1974). This enzyme is different from the Δ5 desaturase that converts eicosa-8, 11-dienoic, eicosa-9, 11, 14-trienoic and eicosa-8, 11, 14, 17-tetraenoic acids to eicosa-5, 8, 11-trienoic, eicosa-5, 8, 11, 14-tetraenoic and eicosa-5, 8, 11, 14, 17-pentaenoic acids respectively. (Ninno et al, 1974; Alaniz et al, 1975; Gaspar et al, 1975). It is also different from the Δ9 desaturase (Brenner, 1971). The Δ6 desaturase recognizes the number of double bonds of the substrate since α-linolenate is desaturated faster than linoleate and this one faster than oleate (Brenner and Peluffo, 1966). However, it is not known yet the effect of the chain length of the acid on the activity of the enzyme.


Double Bond Linoleic Acid Radiochemical Purity Unsaturated Acid Desaturation Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Castuma
    • 1
  • R. R. Brenner
    • 1
  • W. Kunau
    • 2
  1. 1.Cátedra de Bioquímica, Instituto de Fisiología, Facultad de Ciencias MédicasUniversidad Nacional de La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  2. 2.Ruhr-Universität BochumInstitute für Physiologische ChemieBochum-QuerenburgGermany

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