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Patatin is a glycoprotein found in potatoes (Solanum tuberosum). The main function of patatin is as a storage protein but it also has lipase activity and can cleave fatty acids from membrane lipids.[1][2] The patatin protein makes up about 40% of the soluble protein in potato tubers.[3] Members of this protein family have also been found in animals.


Patatin is identified as a major cause of potato allergy [4]


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  2. ^ Bánfalvi Z, Kostyál Z, Barta E (1994). "Solanum brevidens possesses a non-sucrose-inducible patatin gene". Mol. Gen. Genet. 245 (4): 517–22. doi:10.1007/BF00302265. PMID 7808402.
  3. ^ Mignery GA, Pikaard CS, Park WD (1988). "Molecular characterization of the patatin multigene family of potato". Gene. 62 (1): 27–44. doi:10.1016/0378-1119(88)90577-X. PMID 3371664.
  4. ^ Food Allergy: New Insights and Management Strategies (03/05/2000), paragraph: Potato Allergy