Definitions for omega-6 fatty acid
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omega-6 fatty acid, omega-6(noun)
a polyunsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has its first double valence bond six carbons from the beginning
omega-6 fatty acid(Noun)
any polyunsaturated fatty acid having a double bond between the sixth and seventh carbon atoms from the end of the molecule farthest from the carboxylic acid; although they are essential fatty acids, there is evidence that excess levels can cause a number of diseases
Omega-6 fatty acid
Omega-6 fatty acids are a family of unsaturated fatty acids that have in common a final carbon–carbon double bond in the n−6 position, that is, the sixth bond, counting from the methyl end. The biological effects of the omega−6 fatty acids are largely mediated by their conversion to omega-6 eicosanoids that bind to diverse receptors found in every tissue of the body. The conversion of tissue arachidonic acid to omega-6 prostaglandin and omega-6 leukotriene hormones provides many targets for pharmaceutical drug development and treatment to diminish excessive omega-6 actions in atherosclerosis, asthma, arthritis, vascular disease, thrombosis, immune-inflammatory processes, and tumor proliferation. Competitive interactions with the omega-3 fatty acids affect the relative storage, mobilization, conversion and action of the omega-3 and omega-6 eicosanoid precursors.
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