Linolenic Acid
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Title: Linolenic Acid
CAS Registry Number: 463-40-1
CAS Name: (Z,Z,Z)-9,12,15-Octadecatrienoic acid
Additional Names: a-linolenic acid
Molecular Formula: C18H30O2
Molecular Weight: 278.43
Percent Composition: C 77.65%, H 10.86%, O 11.49%
Literature References: An essential fatty acid. Occurs as the glyceride in most drying oils. Synthesis: Nigam, Weedon, J. Chem. Soc. 1956, 4049; Osbond, Wickens, Chem. Ind. (London) 1959, 1288. Biosynthetic studies: C. G. Kannangara et al., Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 52, 648 (1973); B. S. Jacobson et al., ibid. 1190; C. J. Bedord et al., Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 185, 15 (1978). Effects on lipid metabolism in rat tissue: M. L. Garg et al., Lipids 23, 847 (1988). Review of dietary linolenic acid in mammals: J. Tinoco et al., ibid. 14, 166-171 (1979); in man: N. Zöllner, Prog. Lipid Res. 25, 177-180 (1986).
Properties: Colorless liquid. d418 0.914. bp1 230-232°. Insol in water. Sol in organic solvents.
Boiling point: bp1 230-232°
Density: d418 0.914
Therap-Cat: Nutrient (essential fatty acid).

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