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Fatty Acids and Oxylipins

These pages describe the structures, occurrence, biochemistry and functions of fatty acids and those fascinating oxygenated fatty acid metabolites collectively known as oxylipins. In addition to being components of lipids, fatty acids are precursors of biologically active lipids and may have essential functions in their own right. Thus, in animal tissues, polyunsaturated fatty acids from the omega-6 and omega-3 families are the biosynthetic precursors of oxylipins, including the eicosanoids (prostaglandins, leukotrienes, thromboxanes and lipoxins) and docosanoids (protectins, resolvins and maresins), while in plants, hormones like the jasmonates are derived from α-linolenic acid.

These essays are aimed at generalists or those who are new to the subject, especially young scientists - not experts in particular disciplines - but the reading lists at the end of each web page provide for those who require a more specialized knowledge. In addition, the Literature Survey pages contain comprehensive lists of those publications consulted during the writing of this section of the site. These web pages are updated regularly as new information becomes available.

Lipid listings Credits/disclaimer Updated: April 7th, 2020 Author: William W. Christie LipidWeb icon