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Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology
ISSN: 0795-8080
Vol. 18, No. 2, 2006, pp. 111-119
Bioline Code: bk06017
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Biokemistri, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2006, pp. 111-119

 en Dietary Fatty Acids Alter Mitochondrial Phospholipid Fatty Acyl Composition And Proton Leak In Drosophila Melanogaster check for this species in other resources
Ocloo, Augustine


Two groups of fruit flies ( Drosophila melanogaster check for this species in other resources ) were maintained on different diets. Mitochondria were isolated, proton leak was measured and phospholipid fatty acid composition determined. Mitochondria from flies fed on corn-base meal (containing high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids, 18:2(n-6) and 18:3(n-3) and low amounts of monounsaturated fatty acid, 18:1(n-9)) contained more polyunsaturated fatty acids in their membranes than mitochondria from flies fed on yeast-base meal (containing less amount of polyunsaturates and high amount of monounsaturates). The more polyunsaturated mitochondria were leakier to protons than the more monounsaturated mitochondria.

Fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, phospholipid, fatty acyl group, mitochondria, proton leak

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