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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ran-Ressler RR, Devapatla S, Lawrence P, Brenna JT (2008). "Branched chain fatty acids are constituents of the normal healthy newborn gastrointestinal tract" (PDF). Pediatric Research. 64 (6): 605–609. doi:10.1203/PDR.0b013e318184d2e6. PMC 2662770. PMID 18614964.
  2. ^ a b c Christie, William (June 26, 2012). "Branched-Chain". AOCS Lipid Library. American Oil Chemists' Society. Retrieved 2016-06-22.