Molecular characterization of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Δ32-enoyl- CoA isomerase

Brian V. Geisbrecht, Dai Zhu, Kerstin Schulz, Katja Nau, James C. Morrell, Michael Geraghty, Horst Schulz, Ralf Erdmann, Stephen J. Gould

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We report here the identification of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae peroxisomal Δ32-enoyl-CoA isomerase, an enzyme that is essential for the β-oxidation of unsaturated fatty acids. The yeast gene YLR284C was identified in an in silico screen for genes that contain an oleate response element, a transcription factor-binding site common to most fatty acid- induced genes. Growth on oleic acid resulted in a significant increase in YLR284C mRNA, demonstrating that it is indeed an oleate-induced gene. The deduced product of YLR284C contains a type 1 peroxisomal targeting signal- like sequence at its C terminus and localizes to the peroxisome in a PEX8- dependent manner. Removal of YLR284C from the S. cerevisiae genome eliminated growth on oleic acid, but had no effect on peroxisome biogenesis, indicating a role for YLR284C in fatty acid metabolism. Cells lacking YLR284C had no detectable Δ32-enoyl-CoA isomerase activity, and a bacterially expressed form of this protein catalyzed the isomerization of 3-cis-octenoyl- CoA to 2-trans-octenoyl-CoA with a specific activity of 16 units/mg. We conclude that YLR284C encodes the yeast peroxisomal Δ32-enoyl-CoA isomerase and propose a new name, ECI1, to reflect its enoyl-CoA isomerase activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33184-33191
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number50
StatePublished - Dec 11 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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