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Perturbations in Blood Phosphatidylcholine and Sphingomyelin Fatty Acid Composition in a Sample Population of Cigarette Smokers

Ionescu, N., de Freitas, C. and Bueno, Allain ORCID: (2013) Perturbations in Blood Phosphatidylcholine and Sphingomyelin Fatty Acid Composition in a Sample Population of Cigarette Smokers. Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry, 28 (4). pp. 361-367. ISSN Print 0970-1915 Online 0974-0422

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Docosahexaenoic (DHA) and arachidonic acids (AA) are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), major components of brain tissue and neural systems, and the precursors of a number of biologically active metabolites with functions in inflammation resolution, neuroprotection and other actions. As PUFAs are highly susceptible to peroxidation, we hypothesised whether cigarette smokers would present altered PUFAs levels in plasma and erythrocyte phospholipids. Adult males from Indian, Sri-Lankan or Bangladeshi genetic backgrounds who reported smoking between 20 and 60 cigarettes per week were recruited. The control group consisted of matched non-smokers. A blood sample was taken, plasma and erythrocyte total lipids were extracted, phospholipids were separated by thin layer chromatography, and the fatty acid content analysed by gas chromatography. In smokers, dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid, the AA precursor, was significantly reduced in plasma and erythrocyte phosphatidylcholine. AA and DHA were significantly reduced in erythrocyte sphingomyelin. Relatively short term smoking has affected the fatty acid composition of plasma and erythrocyte phospholipids with functions in neural tissue composition, cell signalling, cell growth, intracellular trafficking, neuroprotection and inflammation, in a relatively young population. As lipid peroxidation is pivotal in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer disease, early effects of smoking may be relevant for the development of such conditions.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Docosahexaenoic acid, Arachidonic acid, Phosphatidylcholine, Sphingomyelin, cigarette, neurodegeneration
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Tanya Buchanan
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 10:34
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:12

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