Fatty acid composition of plasma lipid classes in healthy subjects from birth to young adulthood

B. Koletzko, T. Decsi

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Abstract

The fatty acid (FA) composition of plasma phospholipids, triglycerides and cholesterol esters (STE) was determined by high resolution capillary gas-chromatography in 115 apparently healthy subjects from birth to young adulthood. After birth, percentage contributions of linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid increased, whereas long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids decreased in all FA fractions. No difference in plasma FA composition was seen between groups of children aged 1-<5, 5-<10 and 10-<15 years, except for a decrease of total saturated FA in STE between 1-<5 years (18.5%, wt/wt) and 10-<15 years (14.5%, P<0.005). No difference was observed for the values of boys and girls. The results on plasma lipid FA distribution in children aged 1-15 years may be used as reference values for metabolic and nutritional investigations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-525
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Volume153
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 1994

Keywords

  • Healthy children Essential fatty acids
  • Phospholipids
  • Plasma lipids
  • Trans fatty acids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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