Fatty Acids

Physiological and Behavioral Functions

  • David I. Mostofsky
  • Shlomo Yehuda
  • Norman SalemJr.

Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Basic Mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Artemis P. Simopoulos
      Pages 3-22
    3. Drake C. Mitchell, Burton J. Litman
      Pages 23-40
    4. Jaya T. Venkatraman, David Pendergast
      Pages 79-96
  3. Phospholipid and Fatty Acid Composition and Metabolism

  4. DHA and CNS Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. M. Thomas Clandinin, R. A. R. Bowen, Miyoung Suh
      Pages 159-176
    3. William E. Connor, Gregory J. Anderson, Don S. Lin
      Pages 177-192
    4. Algis J. Vingrys, James A. Armitage, Harrison S. Weisinger, B. V. Bui, Andrew J. Sinclair, Richard S. Weisinger
      Pages 193-217
  5. Pathology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Hugo W. Moser, Gerald V. Raymond
      Pages 257-271
    3. Zbigniew M. Szczepiorkowski, Michael Laposata
      Pages 291-308
  6. Psychiatry and Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Joseph R. Hibbeln, Norman Salem Jr.
      Pages 311-330
    3. Malcolm Peet, Shaun Ryles
      Pages 345-356
    4. Claus C. Becker, David J. Kyle
      Pages 357-375
    5. Richard S. Weisinger, James A. Armitage, Peta Burns, Andrew J. Sinclair, Algis J. Vingrys, Harrison S. Weisinger
      Pages 377-401
    6. Shlomo Yehuda, Sharon Rabinovitz, David I. Mostofsky
      Pages 403-420
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 421-437

About this book


Essential fatty acids (EFA) are now universally recognized for their profound effects on cardiovascular health, immunological response, and cognitive, visual, and emotional development in infants. In Fatty Acids: Physiological and Behavioral Functions, leading academic and biomedical investigators comprehensively review the status of these special chemical entities in nutrition, medicine, psychology, and pharmacology. Topics range from a discussion of EFA basic mechanisms to their effects on individual psychiatry and behavior, and include extensive coverage of pathology, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in CNS development, and phospholipid and fatty acid composition and metabolism. The contributors fully examine the competition involved in maintaining tissue EFA, tissue physiology as proof of EFA importance, the biomarkers associated with complex EFA-mediated events, and the significant role of EFA in vision, learning, and behavior. They also demonstrate the physiological consequences of dietary EFA supply for health maintenance and disease prevention.
Comprehensive and forward-looking, Fatty Acids: Physiological and Behavioral Functions reviews and critically evaluates our current knowledge of essential fatty acids, setting the stage for the oncoming wave of discovery about the biochemical and molecular functions of EFA, as well as their critical role in human physiology, immunology, and behavior.


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Editors and affiliations

  • David I. Mostofsky
    • 1
  • Shlomo Yehuda
    • 2
  • Norman SalemJr.
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Psychopharmacology LaboratoryBar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael
  3. 3.National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and AlcoholismRockvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-61737-265-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-59259-119-0
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