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Engineering enzyme interactions in plants offers ways to produce desired feedstocks for industrial use [Registered]

Plant scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have found that certain enzymes responsible for desaturating fatty acids, the building blocks of oils, can link up to efficiently pass intermediate products from one enzyme to another. “Engineering these enzyme interactions to channel metabolites along desired metabolic pathways could be a new approach for tailoring plants to produce useful products,” said the lead researcher John Shanklin. Findings are published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Getting plants to accumulate high levels of more healthful polyunsaturated fatty acids, or unusual fatty acids that could be used as raw materials…

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