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Fatty acid transport into the brain: Of fatty acid fables and lipid tails.
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PMID:  21816594     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The blood-brain barrier formed by the brain capillary endothelial cells provides a protective barrier between the systemic blood and the extracellular environment of the central nervous system. Brain capillaries are a continuous layer of endothelial cells with highly developed tight junctional complexes and a lack of fenestrations. The presence of these tight junctions in the cerebral microvessel endothelial cells aids in the restriction of movement of molecules and solutes into the brain. Fatty acids are important components of biological membranes, are precursors for the biosynthesis of phospholipids and sphingolipids and are utilized for mitochondrial β-oxidation. The brain is capable of synthesizing only a few fatty acids. Hence, most fatty acids must enter into the brain from the blood. Here we review current mechanisms of transport of free fatty acids into cells and describe how free fatty acids move from the blood into the brain. We discuss both diffusional as well as protein-mediated movement of fatty acids across biological membranes.
Ryan W Mitchell; Grant M Hatch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and essential fatty acids     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2823     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-8-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802730     Medline TA:  Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, A307 Chown Building, 753 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3E 0T6.
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