Biosynthetic Pathways of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

  • Howard Sprecher
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 83)


The type and amount of any unsaturated fatty acid found in lipids must be regulated by integrated control mechanisms directed both towards unsaturated fatty acid and lipid biosynthesis. The types and amounts of unsaturated fatty acids produced must be determined both by the number of enzymes involved in this process and the substrate specificity of these enzymes. In addition those factors which influence enzyme activity must also regulate the rate at which unsaturated fatty acids are produced. The results presented below summarize the studies carried out in our laboratory in an attempt to further determine what regulates unsaturated fatty acid biosynthesis.


Unsaturated Fatty Acid Liver Lipid Microsomal Protein Chain Elongation Octadecadienoic Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard Sprecher
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  1. 1.Dept. Physiological ChemistryThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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