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The fatty acid composition of the serum phospholipids of children with sickle cell disease in Nigeria.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12401435     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to determine the fatty acid composition of the serum phospholipids of children with sickle cell disease (SCD) in Nigeria and to compare the relative fluidity of the acyl chains of the serum phospholipids of controls versus the subjects with SCD. It is widely accepted that the fatty acid composition of an individual's serum phospholipids reflects that of their tissue phospholipids. An alteration in the fatty acid composition of membrane phospholipids could affect critical membrane-dependent enzymes and processes (e.g., ion and solute transport, hormone-receptor interactions, signal transduction pathways). We found a significant reduction in the content of polyunsaturated n-3 fatty acids in the phospholipids of subjects with SCD which could result in a reduction of the fluidity of their tissue membranes. Specifically, there was a 40-50% reduction in the proportion of total n-3 fatty acids in subjects with SCD. On the basis of calculated melting points and double bond indices of the acyl chains of the serum phospholipids, the phospholipids of the children with SCD are less fluid relative to those of their healthy counterparts. In addition, we determined that linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, and stearic acid were the major determinants of the fluidity of the acyl chains of the serum phospholipids of the healthy controls and children with SCD.
R H Glew; J K Casados; Y-S Huang; L-T Chuang; D J VanderJagt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and essential fatty acids     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0952-3278     ISO Abbreviation:  Prostaglandins Leukot. Essent. Fatty Acids     Publication Date:  2002 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-28     Completed Date:  2003-08-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802730     Medline TA:  Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  217-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anemia, Sickle Cell / blood*
Case-Control Studies
Child, Preschool
Docosahexaenoic Acids / analysis
Fatty Acids / analysis*
Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / analysis,  deficiency
Phospholipids / blood*,  chemistry
Sex Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fatty Acids; 0/Fatty Acids, Unsaturated; 0/Phospholipids; 0/eicosapentanoic acid; 25167-62-8/Docosahexaenoic Acids

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