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Fatty acids in plasma and red blood cell membranes in humans, rats, rabbits and dogs.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Biochemistry and molecular biology international
Publication Date
Volume
37
Issue
2
Pages
221–229
Identifiers
PMID: 8673004
Source
Medline

Abstract

Fatty acids were estimated in plasma and red blood cell membrane in rats, rabbits, dogs and humans. The fatty acid pattern of plasma and red blood cell membrane was similar in all species and humans with little exceptions. C18:2 was higher in plasma than red blood cell membrane whereas C20:4 was higher in red blood cell membrane than plasma except rabbit. C18:2 was high in rabbit red blood cell membrane when compared to others. Dog was exceptionally very low in C18:2 and high in C20:4 in red blood cell membrane whereas rabbit was low in C20:4 and high in C18:2. 22-Carbon fatty acids showed some variation. Among 22-carbon fatty acids C22:6 was found highest in human red blood cell membrane, with quite high amounts in rat and rabbit but not in dog. Rats were closest to human in their fatty acid patterns.

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