Relationship between Arachidonic Acid Biosynthesis and its Level in Rat Tissues

  • J. L. Zevenbergen
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 116)


Arachidonic acid is the precursor of many hormone-like substances such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes and therefore plays an important role in many physiological processes. Arachidonic acid is synthesized from linoleic acid by the action of desaturase and elongation enzyme systems. The influence of dietary fats on the biosynthesis of arachidonic acid and its levels in rat tissues is studied.


Linoleic Acid Fatty Acid Composition Arachidonic Acid Total Lipid Chain Elongation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. Zevenbergen
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  1. 1.Unilever Research LaboratoriumVlaardingenThe Netherlands

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