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Table 1 Relative Percentage and Concentrations of Sums and Classes of Fatty Acids in Soleus and Red and White Gastrocnemius Muscles from Dam-Reared Rats*

From: Docosahexaenoic acid and n-6 docosapentaenoic acid supplementation alter rat skeletal muscle fatty acid composition

  Soleus Red Gastrocnemius White Gastrocnemius
  (weight % of total fatty acids)
Total saturates 41.5 ± 0.8a 41.5 ± 1.2a 43.5 ± 1.3b
Total monounsaturates 28.7 ± 4.6a 17.4 ± 1.1b 24.4 ± 4.1a
Total PUFA 26.0 ± 4.8a 38.7 ± 1.6b 28.7 ± 4.8a
Total n-6 PUFA 20.7 ± 3.2a 25.4 ± 1.5b 19.4 ± 2.8a
Total n-3 PUFA 5.4 ± 1.6a 13.3 ± 1.1b 9.3 ± 2.1c
Total HUFA 11.5 ± 3.9a 23.3 ± 1.4b 16.2 ± 4.7a
% of n-3 HUFA in HUFA 39.1 ± 2.6a 55.8 ± 1.7b 54.1 ± 2.2b
  (concentration, μg/g)
Total saturates 10828 ± 3784a 5520 ± 607b 6934 ± 1772b
Total monounsaturates 7813 ± 3881a 2317 ± 307b 3988 ± 1505b
Total PUFA 6441 ± 1159a 5130 ± 326b 4408 ± 473b
Total n-6 PUFA 5155 ± 1085a 3359 ± 206b 2995 ± 405b
Total n-3 PUFA 1285 ± 83a 1770 ± 209b 1413 ± 105a
Total HUFA 2711 ± 70a 3088 ± 294b 2425 ± 152a
Total fatty acids 26102 ± 9254a 13278 ± 1188b 15868 ± 3831b
  1. *Values are means ± SD; n = 6. Values in a row not sharing a roman superscript are significantly different at P < 0.05 by Tukey's honestly significantly difference test after a significant F-value (P < 0.05) by repeated measures ANOVA. PUFA, polyunsaturated fatty acids; HUFA, highly unsaturated fatty acids (≥ 20 carbons, ≥ 3 carbon-carbon double bonds).