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Erythrocyte membrane fatty acid composition in cancer patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15377058     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Essential fatty acids (EFA) have an important role in complex metabolic reactions. The metabolism of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) appears to be one of the critical targets in the complex metabolic stages that lead to, or are associated with cancer. The goal of our research was to analyze the erythrocyte specific types of membrane fatty acid content, level and distribution in cancer patients as compared to non-cancer patients. Changes in fatty acid composition may affect different aspects of cell structure and function, including proliferation. Analyses of RBCs membrane fatty acids were performed for 255 patients with different types of cancer (breast, prostate, liver, pancreas, colon, and lung), 2,800 non-cancer patients and 34 healthy volunteers. Our research study demonstrated a lower level of stearic acid and an increased content of oleic acid in RBC of cancer patients in comparison with control and non-cancer patients. According to the results of this investigation, the ratio of Eicosa pentaenoic acid (EPA) and Decosa hexaenoic acid (DHA) to Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) may be useful to estimate PUFA imbalances in cancer patients. EPA and DHA acid may be recommended as supplementation and in addition to current therapy during cancer treatment.
Nina Mikirova; Hugh D Riordan; James A Jackson; Kelly Wong; Jorge R Miranda-Massari; Michael J Gonzalez
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Puerto Rico health sciences journal     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0738-0658     ISO Abbreviation:  P R Health Sci J     Publication Date:  2004 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-09-20     Completed Date:  2004-10-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303541     Medline TA:  P R Health Sci J     Country:  Puerto Rico    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  107-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Erythrocyte Membrane / chemistry*,  metabolism
Fatty Acids / analysis*,  metabolism
Membrane Lipids / analysis*
Middle Aged
Neoplasms / blood*
Tumor Markers, Biological / analysis*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fatty Acids; 0/Membrane Lipids; 0/Tumor Markers, Biological

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