Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Rick Kesseli

Second Advisor

Ken Kleene

Third Advisor

Liam Revell


Fatty acid desaturases are enzymes capable of modifying carbon-carbon bonds within fatty acids. All higher plants contain one or more oleic acid desaturases that catalyze insertion of a double bond between carbons 12 and 13 of oleic acid to produce linoleic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid. However, this family of enzymes may vary in specificity and are responsible for a wide spectrum of unsaturated fatty acids found in nature that play important ecological, physiological, and industrial roles. Here, I examine nucleotide sequence evolution and predict structural changes of translated expressed Fatty Acid Desaturase 2 (FAD2) cDNA sequences in the Compositae - a family of agriculturally and economically important plant species.


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