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FEBS Lett. 1991 Mar 11;280(1):159-62.

Purification of a lipoxygenase from ungerminated barley. Characterization and product formation.

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  • 1Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research, Department of Bio-Organic Chemistry, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.


Lipoxygenase was purified from ungerminated barley (variety 'Triumph'), yielding an active enzyme with a pI of 5.2 and a molecular mass of approximately 90 kDa. In addition to the 90 kDa band SDS-PAGE showed the presence of two further proteins of 63 kDa. Western blot analysis showed cross-reactivity of each of these proteins with polyclonal antisera against lipoxygenases from pea as well as from soybean, suggesting a close immunological relationship. The 63 kDa proteins appear to be inactive degradation products of the active 90-kDa enzyme. This barley lipoxygenase converts linoleic acid mainly into (9S)-(10E,12Z)-9-hydroperoxy-10,12-octadecadienoic acid, and arachidonic acid into (5S)-(6E,8Z,11Z,14Z)-5-hydroperoxy-6,8,11,14-eic osatetraenoic acid.

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