Lipidomics update - March, 2018

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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PlantFA Database

LIPID MAPS has recently incorporated several hundred plant fatty acid structures, including common names and other annotations from the PlantFA Database ( at Michigan State University. This resource provides updates and enhancements to the Seed Oil Fatty Acid (SOFA) database at the Max Rubner-Institute ( The PlantFA Database contains data and references for hundreds of fatty acids synthesized by thousands of plants along with their phylogenetic relationships. Currently the LIPID MAPS Structure Database contains over 550 plant fatty acids with links to the corresponding PlantFA online source, for example Coniferonic acid with a PlantFA id of 10121.

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Lipid of the month


Coniferonic acid (Systematic name:5Z,9Z,12Z,15Z-octadecatetraenoic acid) is a C18 Delta(5)-unsaturated bis-methylene-interrupted fatty acid commonly found in pine seed oil. It is assumed to be synthesized from alpha-linolenic acid (ALA; 18:3Delta(9,12,15)) by Delta(5)-desaturation. A unicellular green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii also accumulates this fatty acid in a betaine lipid.

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