Systematic review of fatty acid composition of plasma phospholipids of venous cord blood in full-term infants

Hajnalka Minda, Elvira Larque, Berthold Koletzko, Tamás Decsi

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Abstract

The purpose of this review was to systematically evaluate the variability of the fatty acid composition of venous cord blood phospholipids in different populations. In an attempt to review published evidence systematically, we found 19 data sets describing fatty acid composition of venous cord blood phospholipids in 11 European and 2 American countries. The amount of saturated-, monounsaturated- and parent essential polyunsaturated fatty acids exhibited relatively moderate variability among the data sets reviewed. Values of arachidonic acid and docosahexaenoic acid showed two-fold variability among the data sets. The highest values of docosahexaenoic acid were observed in countries with apparently higher consumption of dietary fat from sea fish. Considering the differences in blood sampling, laboratory methods and data presentation, we conclude that fatty acid composition of venous cord blood phospholipids in healthy, full-term infants shows relatively modest variability; hence, it is suitable for the estimation of in utero fatty acid supply.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-131
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Nutrition
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2002

Keywords

  • Essential fatty acids
  • Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids
  • Phospholipid
  • Venous cord blood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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