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De novo biosynthesis of linoleic acid is widespread in parasitic wasps

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Broschwitz, Bastian ; Prager, Lorena ; Pokorny, Tamara ; Ruther, Joachim
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Linoleic acid (C18:2∆9,12, LA) is an important metabolite with numerous essential functions for growth, health, and reproduction of organisms. It has long been assumed that animals lack ∆12‐desaturases, the enzymes needed to produce LA from oleic acid (C18:1∆9, OA). There is, however, increasing evidence that this is not generally true for invertebrates. In the insect order Hymenoptera, LA ...


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