arachidonic acid
(= 5,8,11,14 eicosatetraenoic acid)
An essential dietary component for mammals. The free acid is the precursor for biosynthesis of the signalling molecules prostaglandins, thromboxanes, hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid derivatives including leukotrienes and is thus of great biological significance. Within cells the acid is found in the esterified form as a major acyl component of membrane phospholipids (especially phosphatidyl inositol) and its release from phospholipids is thought to be the limiting step in the formation of its active metabolites.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Arachidonic acid — Chembox new Name = Arachidonic acid ImageFile = AAnumbering.png ImageSize = 350px IUPACName = all cis 5,8,11,14 eicosatetraenoic acid Section1 = Chembox Identifiers CASNo = 506 32 1 SMILES = CCCCCC=CCC=CCC=CCC=CCCCC(=O)O Section2 = Chembox… …   Wikipedia

  • arachidonic acid — arachidono rūgštis statusas T sritis chemija formulė CH₃(CH₂)₄(CH=CHCH₂)₄CH₂CH₂COOH atitikmenys: angl. arachidonic acid rus. арахидоновая кислота ryšiai: sinonimas – (Z,Z,Z,Z) 5,8,11,14 dokozatetraeno rūgštis …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • arachidonic acid — 5,8,11,14 Eicosatetraenoic (icosatetraenoic) acid; an unsaturated fatty acid, usually essential in nutrition; the biological precursor of the prostaglandins, the thromboxanes, and the leukotrienes (collectively known as eicosanoids). * * *… …   Medical dictionary

  • arachidonic acid — noun Etymology: New Latin Arachid , Arachis + English onic (as in gluconic acid) Date: 1913 a liquid unsaturated fatty acid C20H32O2 that occurs in most animal fats, is a precursor of prostaglandins, and is considered essential in animal… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • arachidonic acid — /ar euh ki don ik, ar /, Biochem. an essential fatty acid, C20H32O2, found in the lipids of most tissues, that is a precursor in the synthesis of prostaglandins, prostacyclins, and related effectors. [1910 15; ARACHID(IC) + ONIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • arachidonic acid — noun A long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid, having 20 carbon atoms and four double bonds, found in animal fats; it is essential for human nutrition, being a precursor to the production of prostaglandins …   Wiktionary

  • arachidonic acid — [əˌrakɪ dɒnɪk] noun Biochemistry a fatty acid present in animal fats which is an essential constituent of the human diet. Origin early 20th cent.: from mod. L arachis, arachid peanut , from Gk arak(h)os, kis + one + ic …   English new terms dictionary

  • arachidonic acid — see essential fatty acid …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • arachidonic acid — ˌarəkə̇ˈdänik noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary arachidic + onic : a liquid unsaturated acid C19H31COOH occurring in most animal fats (as in the phosphatides of beef adrenal glands and the lipids of the liver) and considered… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Arachidonic acid 5-hydroperoxide — Chembox new ImageFile=5 Hydroperoxyeicosatetraenoic acid.svg ImageSize= IUPACName= OtherNames= Section1= Chembox Identifiers CASNo=74581 83 2 PubChem=5280778 SMILES= MeSHName=Arachidonic+acid+5 hydroperoxide Section2= Chembox Properties… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”