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Figure 1 | Lipids in Health and Disease

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From: Impact of botanical oils on polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolism and leukotriene generation in mild asthmatics

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Pathways for metabolism of n-6 (left) and n-3 (right) PUFAs in humans. The pathway depicts the synthesis of 20 and 22 carbon PUFAs from the essential, dietary PUFAs, α-linolenic acid (n-3) and linoleic acid (n-6). The PUFAs derived from borage oil (linoleic and gamma-linolenic acids, both n-6) and echium (α-linolenic, n-3; stearidonic, n-3; linoleic and gamma-linolenic acids, both n-6) would be expected to enter the pathways at the indicated points.

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