Acyltransferases in Developing Seeds of Oilseed Rape
The oilseed rape Brassica napus is the major oil-bearing crop grown in temperate regions of Canada, Northern Europe and Asia. Despite greatly increased production, together with recent demands for higher oil quality, surprisingly little is known about the mechanism of oil biosynthesis in this important crop. The principal route of storage triacylglycerol (TG) biosynthesis in oilseeds is believed to be via the Kennedy pathway. In addition, high polyunsaturate seeds like sunflower (1), safflower (2) and linseed (3) are able to exchange acyl moieties between a phosphatidylcholine (PC) pool and the Kennedy pathway. This exchange was not found in the low polyunsaturate tissue, avocado mesocarp (4), but was recently found in another low polyunsaturate tissue, oilseed rape (5).
KeywordsEurope Triacylglycerol Oleate Phosphatidylcholine 1_14C
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