Linoleic acid

Linoleic acid
Linoleic acid
CAS number 60-33-3 YesY
ChemSpider 4444105 YesY
KEGG C01595 YesY
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Molecular formula C18H32O2
Molar mass 280.45 g mol−1
Appearance Colorless oil
Density 0.9 g/cm3[2]
Melting point

−5 °C (23 °F)[3]
−12 °C (10 °F)[2]

Boiling point

230 °C (446 °F) at 21 mbar[3]
230 °C (446 °F) at 16 mmHg[2]

Solubility in water 0.139 mg/L[3]
Vapor pressure 16 Torr at 229 °C[citation needed]
Flash point 112 °C (234 °F)[3]
 N acid (verify) (what is: YesY/N?)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Infobox references

Linoleic acid (LA) is an unsaturated n-6 fatty acid. It is a colorless liquid at room temperature. In physiological literature, it has a lipid number of 18:2(n-6). Chemically, linoleic acid is a carboxylic acid with an 18-carbon chain and two cis double bonds; the first double bond is located at the sixth carbon from the methyl end.[4]

Linoleic acid belongs to one of the two families of essential fatty acids that humans and animals must ingest for good health, because the body requires them for various biological processes, but cannot synthesize them from other food components.[5]

The word "linoleic" comes from the Greek word linon (flax). Oleic means "of, relating to, or derived from oil or olive" or "of or relating to oleic acid" because saturating the n-6 double bond produces oleic acid.


In physiology

LA is a polyunsaturated fatty acid used in the biosynthesis of arachidonic acid (AA) and thus some prostaglandins. It is found in the lipids of cell membranes. It is abundant in many vegetable oils, comprising over half (by weight) of poppy seed, safflower, sunflower, and corn oils.[6]

Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that must be consumed for proper health. A lack of LA and other n-6 fatty acids in the diet causes dry hair, hair loss,[7] and poor wound healing.[8] However, achieving a deficiency in linoleic acid is nearly impossible consuming any normal diet and is thus not considered to be of clinical concern.

Along with oleic acid, linoleic acid is released by cockroaches upon death to deter other roaches from entering the area. This is similar to the mechanism found in ants and bees, in which oleic acid is released upon death.[9]

Metabolism and eicosanoids

Linoleic Acid Metabolism.gif

The first step in the metabolism of LA is performed by Δ6desaturase, which converts LA into gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).

There is evidence suggesting that infants lack Δ6desaturase of their own, and must acquire it through breast milk. Studies show that breast-milk fed babies have higher concentrations of GLA than formula-fed babies, while formula-fed babies have elevated concentrations of LA.[10]

GLA is converted to Dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA), which in turn is converted to arachidonic acid (AA). One of the possible fates of AA is to be transformed into a group of metabolites called eicosanoids, a class of paracrine hormones. The three types of eicosanoids are prostaglandins, thromboxanes, and leukotrienes. Eicosanoids produced from AA tend to be inflammatory.[11] For example, both AA-derived thrombaxane and leukotrieneB4 are proaggretory and vasoconstrictive eicosanoids. The oxidized metabolic products of linolenic acid, such as 9-hydroxyoctadecanoic acid and 13-hydroxyoctadecanoic acid, have also been shown to activate TRPV1, the capsaicin receptor, and through this might play a major role in hyperalgesia and allodynia.[12]

An increased intake of certain [13] n–3 fatty acids with a decrease in n-6 fatty acids has been shown to attenuate inflammation due to reduced production of these eicosanoids.[14]

One study monitoring two groups of survivors of myocardial infarction concluded “the concentration of alpha-linolenic acid was increased by 68%, in the experimental group, and that of linoleic acid reduced by 7%...the survivors of a first myocardial infarction, assigned to a Mediterranean alpha-linolenic acid rich diet, had a markedly reduced rate of recurrence, other cardiac events and overall mortality.” [15]

Industrial uses

Linoleic acid is used in making quick-drying oils, which are useful in oil paints and varnishes. These applications exploit the easy reaction of the linoleic acid with oxygen in air, which leads to crosslinking and formation of a stable film.

Reduction of linoleic acid yields linoleyl alcohol.

Linoleic acid has become increasingly popular in the beauty products industry because of its beneficial properties on the skin. Research points to linoleic acid's anti-inflammatory, acne reductive, and moisture retentive properties when applied topically on the skin.[16][17][18]

Appendix: Dietary sources

Name % LA ref.
Safflower oil 78%
Grape seed oil 73%
Poppyseed oil 70%
Sunflower oil 68%
Hemp oil 60%
Corn oil 59%
Wheat germ oil 55%
Cottonseed oil 54%
Soybean oil 51%
Walnut oil 51%
Sesame oil 45%
Rice bran oil 39%
Pistachio oil 32.7%
Peanut oil 32% [19]
Canola oil 21%
Chicken fat 18-23% [20]
Egg yolk 16%
Linseed oil 15%
Lard 10%
Olive oil 10%
Palm oil 10%
Cocoa butter 3%
Macadamia oil 2%
Butter 2%
Coconut oil 2%
  average val

See also


  1. ^ Beare-Rogers (2001). "IUPAC Lexicon of Lipid Nutrition" (PDF). Retrieved 2006-02-22. 
  2. ^ a b c The Merck Index, 11th Edition, 5382
  3. ^ a b c d Record of CAS RN 60-33-3 in the GESTIS Substance Database from the IFA
  4. ^ David J. Anneken, Sabine Both, Ralf Christoph, Georg Fieg, Udo Steinberner, Alfred Westfechtel "Fatty Acids" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry 2006, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.a10_245.pub2
  5. ^ Burr, G.O., Burr, M.M. and Miller, E. (1930). "On the nature and role of the fatty acids essential in nutrition". J. Biol. Chem. 86 (587): 1–9. 
  6. ^ U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2007. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page
  7. ^ Cunnane S, Anderson M (1 April 1997). "Pure linoleate deficiency in the rat: influence on growth, accumulation of n-6 polyunsaturates, and (1-14C) linoleate oxidation". J Lipid Res 38 (4): 805–12. PMID 9144095. Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  8. ^ Ruthig DJ & Meckling-Gill KA. (1 October 1999). "Both (n-3) and (n-6) fatty acids stimulate wound healing in the rat intestinal epithelial cell line, IEC-6". Journal of Nutrition 129 (10): 1791–8. PMID 10498749. Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  9. ^ BBC - Earth News - Ancient 'smell of death' revealed
  10. ^ David F. Horrobin (1993). "Fatty acid metabolism in health and disease: the role of Δ-6-desaturase". American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 57: 732S–7S. 
  11. ^ Piomelli, Daniele (2000). "Arachidonic Acid". Neuropsychopharmacology: The Fifth Generation of Progress. Retrieved on 4/16/09.
  12. ^ Patwardhan, AM; Scotland, PE; Akopian, AN; Hargreaves, KM (2009). "Activation of TRPV1 in the spinal cord by oxidized linoleic acid metabolites contributes to inflammatory hyperalgesia". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106 (44): 18820–4. doi:10.1073/pnas.0905415106. PMC 2764734. PMID 19843694. 
  13. ^ Kinsella, JE; Lokesh, B; Stone, RA (1990). "Dietary n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and amelioration of cardiovascular disease: possible mechanisms". The American journal of clinical nutrition 52 (1): 1–28. PMID 2193500. 
  14. ^ Kinsella John E., Lokesh Belur, Stone Richard A. (1990). "Dietary n-3 polyunsatruated fatty acids and amelioration of cardiovascular disease: possible mechanisms". American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 52 (1): 1–28. PMID 2193500. 
  15. ^ Michel, Renaud Serge (1994). "Mediterranean alpha-linolenic acid-rich diet in secondary prevention of coronary heart disease". Lancet 343: 8911. 
  16. ^ "Plant oils: Topical application and anti-inflammatory effects (croton oil test)". Dermatol. Monatsschr 179: 173. 1993. 
  17. ^ Letawe,; Letawe C, Boone M, Pierard GE (March 1998). "Digital image analysis of the effect of topically applied linoleic acid on acne microcomedones". Clinical & Experimental Dermatology 23 (2): 56–58. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2230.1998.00315.x. PMID 9692305. 
  18. ^ Darmstadt, G L; Darmstadt GL, Mao-Qiang M, Chi E, Saha SK, Ziboh VA, Black RE, Santosham M, Elias PM (2002). "Impact of topical oils on the skin barrier: possible implications for neonatal health in developing countries". Acta Paediatrica 91 (5): 546–554. doi:10.1080/080352502753711678. PMID 12113324. 
  19. ^ Oil, peanut, salad or cooking: search for peanut oil on
  20. ^ M. K. Nutter, E. E. Lockhart and R. S. Harris (1943). "The chemical composition of depot fats in chickens and turkeys". Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society 20 (11): 231–234. 

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужна курсовая?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • linoleic acid — [lin΄ō lē′ik, li nō′lē ik] n. [< L linum, flax + OLEIC] an unsaturated fatty acid, C17H31COOH, found as a glyceryl ester in linseed oil and other fats and oils: used as a drying agent and in soaps, foods, etc. and considered essential in… …   English World dictionary

  • linoleic acid — linolo rūgštis statusas T sritis chemija formulė H(CH₂)₄(CH₂CH=CH)₂(CH₂)₇COOH atitikmenys: angl. linoleic acid rus. линолевая кислота ryšiai: sinonimas – (Z,Z) 9,12 oktadekadieno rūgštis …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • linoleic acid — 9,12 Octadecadienoic acid; a doubly unsaturated fatty acid, occurring widely in plant glycerides, that is essential in nutrition in mammals. SYN: linolic acid. [L. linum, flax, + oleum, oil] * * * lin·ole·ic acid .lin ə .lē ik , .lā n a liquid… …   Medical dictionary

  • linoleic acid — noun a liquid polyunsaturated fatty acid abundant in plant fats and oils; a fatty acid essential for nutrition; used to make soap • Syn: ↑linolic acid • Hypernyms: ↑polyunsaturated fatty acid • Substance Holonyms: ↑linseed oil, ↑flaxseed oil, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • linoleic acid — noun Etymology: Greek linon flax + International Scientific Vocabulary oleic (acid) Date: 1857 a liquid unsaturated fatty acid C18H32O2 found especially in semidrying oils (as corn oil) and essential for the nutrition of some animals …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • linoleic acid — An essential fatty acid(9, 12, octadecadienoic acid) ; occurs as a glyceride component in many fats and oils …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • linoleic acid — Chem. an unsaturated fatty acid, C18H32O2, occurring as a glyceride in drying oils, as in linseed oil. Also, linolic acid /leuh noh lik/. [1855 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • linoleic acid — noun an polyunsaturated fatty acid, having 18 carbon atoms and two double bonds, essential for human nutrition; it is found in linseed, sunflower and other vegetable oils Syn …   Wiktionary

  • linoleic acid — [ˌlɪnə(ʊ) li:ɪk, leɪɪk] noun Chemistry a polyunsaturated fatty acid present in linseed oil and other oils and essential in the human diet. Origin C19: from L. linum flax + oleic acid …   English new terms dictionary

  • linoleic acid — see essential fatty acid …   The new mediacal dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”