Zinc and Lipid Metabolism

  • Ananda S. Prasad
Part of the Biochemistry of the Elements book series (BOTE, volume 11)


Essential fatty acids (EFA) belong to two families, those with the n-6 configuration (first double bond at the sixth carbon from the methyl terminal) and those with the n-3 configuration (first double bond at the third carbon from the methyl terminal) (see Fig. 6-1). The parent fatty acids of these two families (linoleic acid, 18:2n-6; and α-linoleic acid, 18:3n-3) cannot be synthesized in vivo,and hence are considered to be essential (Fig. 6-1). Their products are formed by stepwise desaturation and elongation reactions characteristic of the metabolism of long-chain fatty acids.


Linoleic Acid Arachidonic Acid Essential Fatty Acid Zinc Deficiency Serum Zinc 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ananda S. Prasad
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  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and OncologyWayne State University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Harper HospitalDetroitUSA
  3. 3.Veterans Administration Medical CenterAllen ParkUSA

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