Fatty Acyl-Coenzyme A Elongation in Brain of Normal and Quaking Mice

Science  02 Nov 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4111, pp. 497-499
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4111.497


Microsomal enzyme systems from mouse brain that catalyze, respectively, the elongation of palmitoyl-coenzyme A (palmitoyl-CoA), stearoyl-CoA, or arachidyl-CoA appear and reach maximal activity at different times after birth of the animal. A specific C20-CoA elongating system exists in mouse brain in addition to the previously recognized C16-CoA and Cl8-CoA elongating enzymes. The C20-CoA elongation system is severely reduced in the mutant quaking mouse.