Branched chain fatty acids

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Branched chain fatty acids (BCFA) are usually saturated fatty acids with one or more methyl branches on the carbon chain.[1][2] BCFAs are most often found in bacteria.,[2] but can be found in the vernix caseosa of human infants where they may play a role in fostering the development of the human intestinal microbiota.[1] Another waxy animal material containing BCFAs is lanolin.[2]


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