Lipidomics update - December, 2017

The lipidomics update provides an overview of developments in lipid research. Each month we offer a fresh collection of research, news and events for the specialist and the interested non-specialist alike.

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We are pleased to announce a collaboration with William (Bill) W. Christie, who has kindly agreed to share some of the valuable lipid resources from his website, 'The Lipid Web'. To that end, his blog, "Lipid Matters - A Personal Blog" is now available via the LIPID MAPS Lipidomics Gateway.

The July 19th, 2017 entry begins:

In the search for new antibiotics, lipopeptides appear to offer great potential if problems of toxicity can be overcome. Paenibacillus sp. have proved to be of special interest, and a new report describes a fresh isolate that produces novel cyclic and linear lipopeptides . . . more lipid matters

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Lipid of the month


ALA

Alpha-linolenic acid or ALA (systematic Name: 9Z,12Z,15Z-octadecatrienoic acid) is an unsaturated fatty acid found primarily in seeds and vegetable oils. ALA is categorized as an omega-3 fatty acid, and is an isomer of gamma-linolenic acid, which is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. It is an essential fatty acid because it is necessary for health and cannot be produced within the human body. ALA can only be obtained by humans through their diets because the absence of the required 12- and 15-desaturase enzymes makes de novo synthesis from stearic acid or oleic acid impossible.

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