Comparative levels of arachidonic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid in Malaysian fish

R. A. Gibson, R. Kneebone, G. M. Kneebone

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Abstract

1. Total lipids were extracted from 22 species of Malaysian fish and the constituent fatty acids were analysed by gas chromatography. 2. Malaysian fish generally contained high levels of saturated fatty acids (range 36-55% total fatty acids) and contained variable amounts of monounsaturates, chiefly palmitic and stearic acids, but only trace levels of 20:1 and 22:1. 3. Unlike fish caught in colder northern hemisphere waters, Malaysian fish were found to contain arachidonic acid (20:4ω6, range 2-12%) in addition to the expected eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5ω3, range 1-13%) and docosahexaenoic acid (22:6ω3, range 6.6-40.4%).

LanguageEnglish
Pages325-328
Number of pages4
JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part C, Comparative
Volume78
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology

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