Fatty acid biosynthesis in Ehrlich cells. The mechanism of short term control by exogenous free fatty acids

R. McGee, A. A. Spector

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Abstract

The authors examined the mechanism by which extracellular free fatty acids regulate fatty acid biosynthesis in Ehrlich ascites tumor cells. De novo biosynthesis in intact cells was inhibited by stearate > oleate > palmitate > linoleate. The amount of citrate and long chain acyl CoA in the cells was not changed appreciably by the addition of free fatty acids to the incubation medium, indicating that free fatty acids do not regulate fatty acid biosynthesis by changing the total intracellular content of these metabolites. By measuring the incorporation of labeled free fatty acids into acyl CoA, however, it was determined that the fatty acid composition of the acyl CoA pool was changed dramatically to reflect the composition of the exogenous free fatty acids. The relative inhibitory effects of different free fatty acids appear to depend on the ability of their acyl CoA derivatives to regulate acetyl CoA carboxylase activity. The acyl CoA concentration needed to produce 50% inhibition of purified Ehrlich cell carboxylase was found to be 0.68 μM for stearoyl CoA, 1.6 μM for oleoyl CoA, 2.2 μM for palmitoyl CoA, 23 μM for myristoyl CoA, 30 μM for lauroyl CoA, and 37 μM for linoleoyl CoA. In contrast to their effects on de novo synthesis, all of the free fatty acids added except stearate stimulated chain elongation in intact cells. Microsomal chain elongation, the major system for elongation in Ehrlich cells, also was regulated by the composition of the cellular acyl CoA pool. Lauroyl CoA, myristoyl CoA, and palmitoyl CoA were good substrates for elongation by isolated microsomes; oleoyl CoA and linoleoyl CoA were intermediate; and stearoyl CoA was a very poor substrate. It was concluded that free fatty acids regulate fatty acid biosynthesis by changing the composition of the cellular acyl CoA pool. These changes control the rate of malonyl CoA production and, because of the acyl CoA substrate specificity of the microsomal elongation system, modulate the amount of malonyl CoA used for chain elongation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5419-5425
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume250
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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