Essential fatty acids and fetal brain growth.

  title={Essential fatty acids and fetal brain growth.},
  author={Michael Angus Crawford and A. G. Hassam and Glenn D. Williams},
  volume={1 7957},
The fetal brain accumulates long-chain (C20 and 22) polyunsaturated fatty acids--arachidonic and docosahexaenoic--during cell division. De-novo synthesis of these acids does not occur and they are thought to be either directly derived from food or by metabolism from linoleic and linolenic acids, respectively. Administration of isotopically labelled linoleic and linolenic acids to pregnant guineapigs showed that only a small proportion of the label was converted to their respective long-chain… CONTINUE READING

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