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Lecture 16 - Lecture 16 EICOSANOIDS BIOCHEMISTRY 120 Spring...

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BIOCHEMISTRY 120 Spring, 2009 Lecture # 16 EICOSANOIDS Helen L. Henry
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EICOSANOIDS I. General Characteristics II. Structure and Nomenclature III. Synthesis and Catabolism IV. Example of Biological Acitivity
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1. The eicosanoids are a large family of molecules derived from 20- ( 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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