Stereospecific Analysis of Triacylglycerols

  • W. Carl Breckenridge
Part of the Handbook of Lipid Research book series (HLRE, volume 1)


Natural triacylglycerols consist of complex mixtures of fatty acids esterified to specific hydroxyl groups of the glycerol molecule. Although glycerol has a plane of symmetry, asymmetrical triacylglycerols are formed when the primary hydroxyl groups are esterified with different fatty acids. Furthermore, the primary hydroxyl groups can be distinguished by stereospecific enzymes.


Cocoa Butter Pancreatic Lipase Positional Distribution Grignard Reagent Stereospecific Analysis 
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  • W. Carl Breckenridge
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  1. 1.Departments of Clinical Biochemistry and MedicineUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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