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Precursor for fatty acid synthesis?

Acetyl CoA

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How is acetyl CoA

Through glycolysis
Through fatty acid degradation

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Steps to synthesise fatty acids?

1. Acetyl CoA to acetyl CoA cytoplasm
2. Link two carbons together
3. Palmitate to other fatty acids (C16 and C18 are most common)

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What happens in the cytosol?

Anabolism
Formation of acyl-CoA

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Where does synthesis and degradation take place?

Synthesis = cytosol
Degradation= mitochondrial matrix

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Discuss intermediates in FA synthesis vs FA degradation?

Synthesis= intermediate covalently linked to sulfhydryl groups of an acyl carrier protein (ACP)
Degradation= intermediates covalently linked to sulphydryl group of coenzyme A

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Enzyme comparison between FA synthesis and degradation?

Enzymes of FA synthesis in higher organisms are joined in a single system called fatty acid synthesis. Degradative enzymes are not associated

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What's the activated donor of two carbons to the elongated growing fatty acid chain?

Malonyl ACP (driven by CO2 release)

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What's the reductant in synthesis vs oxidants in degradation?

Synthesis= NADPH
Oxidants= NAD and FAD

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When does elongation of fatty acid synthesis stop?

At the formation of palmitate (C16)

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What aid the further elongation and insertion of double bonds carried out by?

Other enzyme systems

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What is the committed/irreversible step in fatty acid synthesis?

Formation of malonyl CoA

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What does fatty acid synthesis start with?

Carboxylation of acetyl CoA to malonyl CoA

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What is the formation of malonyl catalysed by?

Cytoplasmic enzyme acetyl CoA carboxylase 1

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What have essential roles in regulating fatty acid synthesis and degradation of fatty acid metabolism?

Acetyl CoA carboxylase 1, acetyl CoA carboxylase 2, an isoenzyme of acetyl CoA carboxylase 1

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What does synthesis of a long fatty acid chain involve?

Condensation, reduction dehydration, reduction reactions catalysed by fatty acid synthase

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What determines fatty acid chain length?

Thioesterase

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What is ACP?

What intermediates in synthesis are attached to, 77 amino acid chain regarded as macro CoA

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What synthesises fatty acids in animals?

Multifunctional enzyme complex

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How does fatty acid synthesis in animals differ to e.coli and plants?

Linked by one large polypeptide chain in animals

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What does the synthesis of palmitate require?

8 molecules of acetyl CoA
14 molecules of NADPH
7 ATP

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What carries acetyl groups from the mitochondria to the cytoplasm?

Citrate

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Are mitochondria readily permeable to acetyl CoA?

No (hence citrate)

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Sources for NADPH?

Oxaloacetate
Transference of acetyl CoA from mitochondria to cytosol (8 formed)
Pentose phosphate pathway

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Major produce of fatty acid synthase?

Palmitate

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Where do most elongation reactions occur in eukaryotes

On the cytosolic face of the endoplasmic reticulum

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What do the endoplasmic reticulum systems also do?

Introduce double bonds into long chain acyl CoA

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What controls fatty acid metabolism?

Acetyl CoA carboxylase

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Two allosteric controls by ACC of fatty acid synthesis?

1 stimulation of ACC by citrate (abundant acetyl CoA and ATP increases synthesis)
2 inhibition of ACC by palmitoyl coa (excess fatty acid so decreased fatty acid synthesis)

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What hormone stimulates fatty acid synthesis?

Insulin (removes phosphate- activates carboxylase)

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What hormones inhibit fatty acid synthesis?

Glucagon and epinephrine

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What does cancer have a high demand for?

Phospholipids and fatty acid

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What's an example of a fatty acid derivative serving as hormones and intracellular messengers?

Arachidonate
Prostaglandins