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Fatty acid composition of fats around the mystacial and superciliary vibrissae differs from that of blubber in the Saimaa ringed seal (Phoca hispida saimensis).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8365110     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
1. Adipose tissues associated with the mystacial and superciliary vibrissae of the Saimaa seal (Phoca hispida saimensis) contained 31% of hexadecenoic acid (16:1 omega 7), which was almost twice the already high amount in blubber. The amount of tetradecenoic acid (14:1 omega 5) was also double that in blubber. 2. At the same time the levels of long-chain highly unsaturated docosapentaenoic (22:5 omega 3) and docosahexaenoic acids (22:6 omega 3) were only two-thirds of those found in blubber. 3. It is suggested that the excess of low-melting monoenoic fatty acids (14:1 and 16:1) in adipose tissues near the vibrissae might not be compensation for the low supply of dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids in these tissues, but that the self-induced excess of monoenoic fatty acids ensured the proper functioning of these well-developed sense organs.
R Käkelä; H Hyvärinen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Comparative biochemistry and physiology. B, Comparative biochemistry     Volume:  105     ISSN:  0305-0491     ISO Abbreviation:  Comp. Biochem. Physiol., B     Publication Date:    1993 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-10-04     Completed Date:  1993-10-04     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984730R     Medline TA:  Comp Biochem Physiol B     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  547-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biology, University of Joensuu, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Adipose Tissue / chemistry*
Cilia / chemistry
Docosahexaenoic Acids / analysis
Fatty Acids / analysis*
Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / analysis
Myristic Acid
Myristic Acids / analysis
Palmitic Acids / analysis
Seals, Earless*
Vibrissae / chemistry*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fatty Acids; 0/Fatty Acids, Unsaturated; 0/Myristic Acids; 0/Palmitic Acids; 25167-62-8/Docosahexaenoic Acids; 25448-00-4/docosapentaenoic acid; 544-63-8/Myristic Acid

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