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Neurofurans are 22-carbon compounds formed nonenzymatically by free radical mediated peroxidation of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an ω-3 essential fatty acid. The neurofurans are similar to the isofurans and are formed under similar conditions of oxidative stress, containing a substituted tetrahydrofuran ring. Measurement of the neurofurans may ultimately prove useful in diagnosis, timing, and selection of dosages in the treatment and chemoprevention of neurodegenerative disease.[1]


  1. ^ Song WL; Lawson JA; Reilly D; Rokach J; Chang CT; Giasson B & FitzGerald GA. (2007). "Neurofurans: Novel indices of oxidant stress derived from docosahexaenoic acid". J Biol Chem. 283 (1): 6–16. PMID 17921521. doi:10.1074/jbc.M706124200.