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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Metabolism and functions of lipids and fatty acids in teleost fish
Author(s): Tocher, Douglas R
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Keywords: Finfish
Fatty acids
Teleostean fish biology
Issue Date: Apr-2003
Date Deposited: 14-Apr-2011
Citation: Tocher DR (2003) Metabolism and functions of lipids and fatty acids in teleost fish. Reviews in Fisheries Science, 11 (2), pp. 107-184.
Abstract: Lipids and their constituent fatty acids are, along with proteins, the major organic constituents of fish, and they play major roles as sources of metabolic energy for growth including reproduction, and movement including migration. Furthermore, the fatty acids of fish lipids are rich in ω3 long chain, highly unsaturated fatty acids (n-3 HUFA) that have particularly important roles in animal nutrition, including fish and human nutrition, reflecting their roles in critical physiological processes. Indeed, fish are the most important food source of these vital nutrients for man Thus, the long standing interest in fish lipids stems from their abundance and their uniqueness. This review attempts to summarise our present state of knowledge of various aspects of the basic biochemistry, metabolism and functions of fatty acids, and the lipids they constitute part of, in fish, seeking where possible to relate that understanding as much to fish in their natural environment as to farmed fish. In doing so, it highlights the areas that require to be investigated in greater depth and also the increasing application of molecular technologies in fish lipid metabolism which will fascilitate further advances through molecular biological and genetic techniques including genomics and proteomics.
DOI Link: 10.1080/713610925
Rights: Published in Reviews in Fisheries Science by Taylor & Francis.; This is an electronic version of an article published in Reviews in Fisheries Science, Volume 11, Issue 2, April 2003, pp. 107 - 184. Reviews in Fisheries Science is available online at: &volume=11&issue=2&spage=107

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