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Erythrocyte membrane and plasma non-esterified n-3 and n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids of pregnant and non-pregnant Brazilian adolescents.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19201181     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the influence of pregnancy in adolescents on the fatty acid composition of the erythrocyte membrane, which was used as a proxy for status of n-3 and n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), and also on the composition of plasma non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) mobilized from the adipose tissue. Two matched groups of healthy adolescents (14-19 years) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, were compared: pregnant (n=26; 32.7+/-3.9 weeks of gestation, mean+/-SD) and non-pregnant (n=20). Blood samples were collected after an overnight fast. Mean dietary intakes of total fat and n-3 and n-6 PUFA (energy %) were not different between pregnant and non-pregnant adolescents, and the consumption of food sources of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was low. Fasting total NEFA and NEFA 18:2n-6, 18:3n-6 and 20:4n-6 (g/100g fatty acids) were higher in pregnant than in non-pregnant adolescents. Although erythrocyte 20:4n-6 was lower in pregnant adolescents, there were no differences in DHA (g/100g fatty acids), in DHA status indices (22:5n-6/22:4n-6 and 22:6n-3/22:5n-6 ratios) and in the index of n-3+n-6 PUFA status ([Sigman-3+Sigman-6]/[Sigman-7+Sigman-9]) in erythrocytes as compared with those of non-pregnant adolescents. In conclusion, pregnancy did not have an adverse effect on erythrocyte DHA content or on DHA and n-3+n-6 PUFA status indices in the adolescents studied.
Flavia Meneses; Jacqueline G Ney; Alexandre G Torres; Nadia M F Trugo
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-02-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and essential fatty acids     Volume:  80     ISSN:  0952-3278     ISO Abbreviation:  Prostaglandins Leukot. Essent. Fatty Acids     Publication Date:    2009 Feb-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-16     Completed Date:  2009-06-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802730     Medline TA:  Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  137-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratório de Bioquímica Nutricional e de Alimentos, Departamento de Bioquímica, Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Cidade Universitária, CT bloco A, lab. 528, 21941-909 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Erythrocyte Membrane / chemistry*
Fatty Acids / analysis,  blood
Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated / analysis,  blood
Fatty Acids, Nonesterified / analysis,  blood
Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / analysis,  blood*
Fatty Acids, Omega-6 / analysis,  blood*
Pregnancy / blood*,  metabolism*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fatty Acids; 0/Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated; 0/Fatty Acids, Nonesterified; 0/Fatty Acids, Omega-3; 0/Fatty Acids, Omega-6

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