Enzyme produces flavor aldehydes from fatty acids

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Researchers at the University of Kentucky have been awarded the US Patent 7,153,680 covering recombinant hydroperoxide lyase from watermelon. A hydroperoxide lyase cleaves a carbon-to-carbon bond in the hydroperoxides of polyunsaturated fatty acids to generate hydroperoxide and omega-oxo-acids. The researchers obtained a nucleic acid sequence encoding the gene for hydroperoxide lyase from watermelon leaf tissue. They inserted the sequence into a vector that they used to transform an Escherichia coli bacterium strain so that it produced the enzyme.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationIndustrial Bioprocessing
StatePublished - Feb 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering (all)
  • Organic Chemistry


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