Heterotrophic production of eicosapentaenoic acid by microalgae.

  title={Heterotrophic production of eicosapentaenoic acid by microalgae.},
  author={Z Y Wen and Feng Chen},
  journal={Biotechnology advances},
  volume={21 4},
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid that plays an important role in the regulation of biological functions and prevention and treatment of a number of human diseases such as heart and inflammatory diseases. As fish oil fails to meet the increasing demand for purified EPA, alternative sources are being sought. Microalgae contain large quantities of high-quality EPA and they are considered a potential source of this important fatty acid. Some microalgae can be… CONTINUE READING
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