Origin and Etymology of arachidonic acid
First Known Use: 1913See Words from the same year
medical Definition of arachidonic acid
- In a biological system for the regulation of various cell functions, arachidonic acid plays a unique role as a precursor molecule which is transformed into potent mediators with far-ranging effects.
- —Bengt Samuelsson, Science, 6 May 1983
- The prostaglandins and the leukotrienes share a common origin. They are derived, by two different enzymatic pathways, from arachidonic acid, which is formed in cells whose cell membrane has been disrupted.
- —Paul D. Buisseret, Scientific American, August 1982
- Fish and other vertebrates also rely on arachidonic acid, another fat, to make compounds for managing stress and immunity.
- —Janet Raloff, Science News, 13 May 2000
- Pulmonary hypertension is thought to be due to activation and release of vasoactive mediators, including arachidonic acid metabolites, accompanied by diffuse pulmonary microvascular thrombosis
- —Harriet Kitzman et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association, 19 Apr. 2000
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