A pathogen-inducible divinyl ether synthase (CYP74D) from elicitor-treated potato suspension cells

FEBS Lett. 2001 Nov 2;507(3):371-6. doi: 10.1016/s0014-5793(01)03019-8.


In elicitor-treated potato cells, 9-lipoxygenase-derived oxylipins accumulate with the divinyl ether colneleic acid as the major metabolite. Here, the identification of a potato cDNA is described, whose predicted amino acid sequence corresponds to divinyl ether synthases, belonging to the recently identified new P450 subfamily CYP74D. The recombinant protein was expressed in Escherichia coli and shown to metabolize 9-hydroperoxy linoleic acid to colneleic acid at pH 6.5. This fatty acid derivative has been implicated in functioning as a plant antimicrobial compound. RNA blot analyses revealed accumulation of divinyl ether synthase transcripts both upon infiltration of potato leaves with Pseudomonas syringae and after infection with Phytophthora infestans.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Culture Techniques / methods
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System / drug effects
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System / genetics*
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System / metabolism*
  • Escherichia coli / genetics
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / metabolism
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Oxidoreductases / drug effects
  • Oxidoreductases / genetics*
  • Oxidoreductases / metabolism*
  • Phytophthora / pathogenicity
  • Plant Diseases / genetics
  • Plant Diseases / microbiology
  • Plant Proteins*
  • Pseudomonas / pathogenicity
  • Solanum tuberosum / cytology
  • Solanum tuberosum / enzymology*
  • Solanum tuberosum / microbiology*


  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated
  • Plant Proteins
  • colneleic acid
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System
  • Oxidoreductases
  • divinyl ether synthase

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AJ309541