4. Metabolic and Molecular Aspects of the Critical Role of Docosahexaenoic Acid in Human Brain Function

  1. Stephen C. Cunnane2 and
  2. Kathlyn M. Stewart3
  1. J. Thomas Brenna

Published Online: 28 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470609880.ch4

Human Brain Evolution: The Influence of Freshwater and Marine Food Resources

Human Brain Evolution: The Influence of Freshwater and Marine Food Resources

How to Cite

Brenna, J. T. (2010) Metabolic and Molecular Aspects of the Critical Role of Docosahexaenoic Acid in Human Brain Function, in Human Brain Evolution: The Influence of Freshwater and Marine Food Resources (eds S. C. Cunnane and K. M. Stewart), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470609880.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Research Center on Aging and Departments of Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

  2. 3

    Paleobiology, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, K1P 6P4, Canada

Author Information

  1. Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 5 MAY 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470452684

Online ISBN: 9780470609880

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Keywords:

  • metabolic and molecular aspects - critical role of DHA in human brain function;
  • DHA molecular structure - long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA);
  • DHA intake during pregnancy and lactation - effects on higher CNS functions of mother and infant

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Molecular Structure

  • DHA and Neural Function

  • Metabolic and Biophysical Considerations

  • Functional Importance of DHA in Retinal and Neural Membranes

  • Dietary Need for Preformed DHA

  • DHA Intake During Pregnancy and Lactation: Effects on Higher CNS Functions of the Mother and Infant

  • Summary

  • References