Intestinal absorption of specific structured triacylglycerols

Huiling Mu, Carl-Erik Høy

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    To clarify the intestinal absorption pathway of medium-chain fatty acids from MMM-type structured triaclyglycerols containing both medium- and long-chain fatty acids, we studied the lymphatic transport of 1,3-dioctanoyl-2-linoleoyl-sn- glycerol (8:0/18:2/8:0), 1,3-didecanoyl-2-linoleoyl-sn-glycerol (10:0/18:2/10:0), and 1,3-didodecanoyl-2-linoleoyl-sn-glycerol (12:0/18:2/12:0) in a rat model. Safflower oil was used in the absorption study in order to compare the absorption of medium- chain fatty acids and long-chain fatty acids, The triacylglycerol species of lymph Lipids were separated on a reversed-phase high performance Liquid chromatograph (RP-HPLC) and identified by atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry, The composition of triacylglycerols was quantified by RP-HPLC with evaporative Light scattering detection. The intact MLM-type triacylglycerols were detected in the lymph lipids after administration of the specific structured triacylglycerols (STAG), The recoveries of 8:0/18:2/8:0, 10:0/18:2/10:0, and 12:0/18:2/12:0 were 0.6%, 12%, and 5%, respectively, Several new triacylglycerol species were detected in the lymph Lipids, including MLL-, LLL-, and MMM-type triacylglycerols. From the present study we conclude that the medium-chain fatty acids from STAG, in addition to absorption into the portal blood as free fatty acids, are absorbed by the same pathway as the conventional long-chain triacylglycerols, that is, they are hydrolyzed into free fatty acids, absorbed and activated into CoA, and reacylated into triacylglycerols in the enterocyte, The hydrolysis of MLM-type STAG is predominantly partial hydrolysis, whereas part of the STAG can also be hydrolyzed to free glycerol and free fatty acids. - Mu, H., and CE. Hoy. Intestinal absorption of specific structured triacylglycerols.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Lipid Research
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)792-798
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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