[ Very [ Long-chain fatty acid, LCFA ] A fatty acid with an aliphatic tails of 13 to 21 carbon atoms. More, VLCFA ]
A [ Fatty_Acid ] A carboxylic acid with a hydrocarbon chain, usually derived from triglycerides or phospholipids. Fats, oils and esters are comprised of fatty acids. In the body, fatty acids function as the building blocks of cell membranes and signalling More with an [ Aliphatic compound ] Compounds with open carbon chains (such as the alkanes) that do not form aromatic rings. Also see: • Aromatic compound • Alicyclic compound More tail of longer than 22 carbon atoms.
VLCFAs are metabolized in [ Peroxisome, Microbody ] Organelles found in eukaryotic cells. They catabolise very_long_chain_fatty_acids, branched-chain_fatty_acids, D-amino acids, and polyamines. They also reduce the reactive oxygen species hydrogen peroxide and biosynthesise plasmalogens, the phospholipids critical for the normal function of the brain and More, as they are too long to be metabolized in the mitochondria.
See Long-Chain Fatty Acid.