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Branched-Chain Fatty Acid

We provide MS-based lipid analysis of BCFA fatty acyls in a variety of sample types and deliver results in six or less weeks.


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About the structure and biological function of BCFA

Structure. Branched-chain fatty acids (BCFA) belong to the group of fatty acids within the fatty acyls. Their structure consists of a main hydrocarbon chain with a carboxylic head group and one or multiple short, off-branching hydrocarbons. Often, the branch is a single methyl group on the penultimate (iso) or antepenultimate (anteiso) carbon atom. BCFAs can feature multiple double bonds.

Function. Branched-chain fatty acids are major components of bacterial membrane lipids that are responsible for maintaining membrane fluidity and function. Particularly in meat and dairy products of ruminant animals like sheep and goats, BCFAs influence the taste and the smell. Further, branched-chain fatty acids accumulate in some peroxisome biogenesis disorders. Additionally, BCFA are being explored for their potential benefits in inhibiting cancer proliferation.

BCFA lipidomics analysis with

Structural detailsmolecular species
Variants identified > 10
Methodmass spectrometry
DeviceAgilent 1290 HPLC + 6495 Triplequad
Delivery time6 weeks
Lipidomics datapmol & mol%


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