Identification and characterization of the major lysophosphatidylethanolamine acyltransferase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Wayne R. Riekhof, James Wu, Jennifer L. Jones, Dennis R. Voelker

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We recently demonstrated that yeast actively import lysophosphatidylethanolamine (lyso-PtdEtn) through the action of plasma membrane P-type ATPases and rapidly acylate it to form PtdEtn. The predominant lyso-PtdEtn acyltransferase (LPEAT) activity present in cellular extracts is acyl-CoA dependent, but the identity of the gene encoding this activity was unknown. We now demonstrate that a previously uncharacterized open reading frame, YOR175C, encodes the major acyl-CoA-dependent LPEAT activity in yeast and henceforth refer to it as ALE1 (acyltransferase for lyso-PtdEtn). Ale1p is an integral membrane protein and is highly enriched in the mitochondria-associated endoplasmic reticulum membrane. It is a member of the membrane-bound O-acyltransferase family and possesses a dibasic motif at its C terminus that is likely responsible for Golgi retrieval and retention in the endoplasmic reticulum. An ale1Δ strain retains only trace amounts of acyl-CoA-dependent LPEAT activity, and strains lacking the capacity for PtdEtn synthesis via the phosphatidylserine decarboxylase and Kennedy pathways show a stringent requirement for both exogenous lyso-PtdEtn and a functional ALE1 gene for viability. Ale1p catalytic activity has a pH optimum between pH 7 and 7.5 and a strong preference for unsaturated acyl-CoA substrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28344-28352
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number39
StatePublished - Sep 28 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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