Oxidation of linoleyl alcohol by potato tuber lipoxygenase: Possible mechanism and the role of carboxylic group in substrate binding

I. A. Butovich, S. M. Lukyanova, C. C. Reddy

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We have studied the aerobic oxidation of linoleyl alcohol (LAL) by potato tuber lipoxygenase in the presence of 0.02% (w/v) non-ionic detergent Lubrol PX (and its analog C12E10) and 0.1 mM sodium dodecyl sulfate to investigate the role of carboxylic group in substrate binding. While the enzyme displayed a comparable affinity toward LA and LAL, the rate of LAL oxidation was approximately one fourth of that of linoleic acid. The pH-profile of the reaction suggests that the rate of LAL oxidation is controlled by two ionizable groups with pK(a) values of 5.3 and 7.5, with optimal pH being 6.4 ± 0.1. Since LAL is not ionizable at this pH, we conclude that the rate of the reaction is controlled by two ionogenic groups of the enzyme. The primary dioxygenation product(s) of LAL had a maximal absorbance at 233 ± 1 nm. The products have been isolated, catalytically hydrogenated with H2 over Pd on carbon, and analyzed by GC-MS. Two major equimolar products were found to be 9- and 13-hydroxystearyl alcohols, indicating that 9- and 13-hydroperoxylinoleyl alcohols are the primary dioxygenation products. Based on these results we propose that the carboxyl group of polyunsaturated fatty acid may not be involved in substrate binding of potato tuber lipoxygenase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-349
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 19 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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