Biosynthesis of Very Long Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Chicory

Hattem Mekky1, Michael R. Davey1, J. Brian Power1 , Maged E. Mohamed2 and Colin M. Lazarus2, 1Plant and Crop Sciences Division, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, 2School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol

Date Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2008

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Very long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (VLCPUFAs) are declining in reserves, since they are produced by oily fish. VLCPUFAs are important in human nutrition because they are responsible for the production of inflammatory mediators such as prostaglandins, the regulation of cholesterol synthesis and its transport, and the maintenance of cellular membranes. This research aims to produce VLCPUFAs in edible plants.

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