Cloning and characterization of a GPAT-like gene from the microalga Lobosphaera incisa (Trebouxiophyceae): overexpression in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii enha... Academic Article uri icon


  • The oleaginous green microalga Lobosphaera (formerly Parietochloris) incisa accumulates high amounts of arachidonic-acid-rich triacylglycerols (TAG), in particular under conditions of nitrogen starvation. This photosynthetic organism is of great interest for studying the mechanisms responsible for storage lipid biosynthesis and the deposition of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) in TAG. In this work, we report on cloning a complementary DNA (cDNA) for the putative L. incisa glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT), whose deduced amino acid sequence features distinctive motives found in those mammalian and Arabidopsis GPAT isoforms that have been implicated in TAG biosynthesis. Temporal analysis of LiGPAT expression in the course of nitrogen starvation showed a positive relationship between changes in the transcript level and patterns of fatty acid …

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  • April 1, 2016