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Fatty Acids: Structures and Properties

  1. Arild C Rustan,
  2. Christian A Drevon

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003894



How to Cite

Rustan, A. C. and Drevon, C. A. 2005. Fatty Acids: Structures and Properties. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005


Fatty acids play a key role in metabolism: as a metabolic fuel, as a necessary component of all membranes, and as a gene regulator. In addition, fatty acids have a number of industrial uses.


  • biological effects;
  • eicosanoids;
  • requirements;
  • polyunsaturated fatty acids;
  • diet;
  • peroxidation