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Gestational age dependent changes of the fetal brain, liver and adipose tissue fatty acid compositions in a population with high fish intakes.
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PMID:  22425685     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
INTRODUCTION: There are no data on the intrauterine fatty acid (FA) compositions of brain, liver and adipose tissue of infants born to women with high fish intakes. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We analyzed the brain (n=18), liver (n=14) and adipose tissue (n=11) FA compositions of 20 stillborn infants with different gestational ages (range 8-38 weeks) born to Tanzanian women with low linoleic acid (LA) intakes and high intakes of docosahexaenoic (DHA) and arachidonic (AA) acids from local fish. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: With advancing gestation, brain saturated-FA (SAFA; in g/100g FA), polyunsaturated-FA (PUFA), DHA, 20:3ω6, 22:4ω6 and 22:5ω6 increased, while monounsaturated-FA (MUFA), 20:3ω9, 22:3ω9 and AA decreased. Decreasing brain AA might be caused by increasing AA-metabolism to 20:3ω6, 22:4ω6 and 22:5ω6. In the liver, SAFA, PUFA and LA increased, while MUFA decreased with gestation. The steep increase of (mostly de novo synthesized) SAFA in adipose tissue coincided with relative decreases of MUFA, PUFA, DHA, LA and AA with advancing gestation. Compared to Western infants, the currently studied African infants had higher DHA, lower AA, and a higher DHA/AA-ratio in brain and adipose tissue, while the LA content of adipose tissue was lower. CONCLUSION: The low LA and high DHA and AA intakes by the mothers of these infants might support optimal α-linolenic (ALA) vs. LA competition for Δ5D and Δ6D-activities and DHA vs. AA antagonism. Conversely, the Western diet, characterized by high LA and lower DHA and AA intakes, might disturb these evolutionary conserved mechanisms aiming at an optimal ω3/ω6-balance.
Remko S Kuipers; Martine F Luxwolda; Pieter J Offringa; E Rudy Boersma; D A Janneke Dijck-Brouwer; Frits A J Muskiet
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and essential fatty acids     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2823     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
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Created Date:  2012-3-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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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 © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Laboratory Medicine, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), The Netherlands.
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