EICOSANOIDSI. General CharacteristicsII. Structure and NomenclatureIII. Synthesis and CatabolismIV. Example of Biological Acitivity
1. The eicosanoids are a large family of molecules derived from20- (eicosa-) carbon fatty acids.2. The first members of the family were isolated from semen→“prostaglandins”.3. Eicosanoids are produced and act locally - autocrine/paracrine.4. Eicosanoids are produced by and act on virtually all cells.5. They participate in most if not all endocrine pathways.Characteristics of Eicosanoids
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