Thursday, September 22, 2016

Free download: Review explores fatty acid binding protein and influence on liver lipid metabolism

A recent paper published in Lipids by a group led by Friedhelm Schroeder at Texas A & M University demonstrates deletion of liver fatty acid binding protein (FABP1) does not impact brain endocannabinoid levels in female mice (Lipids 51:1007-1020).  This is critically important as this group has identified that brain endocannabinoids and arachidonic acid mass are both increased in male mice in which FABP1 is deleted (J. Neurochemistry 138:407-422).  Further, this group recently reported that FABP1 is a novel endocannabinoid binding protein (Biochemistry 2016 In Press).  These observations are critically important as it links liver FABP1 to the modulation of brain signaling molecules involved in satiety and in pain sensation.  Further, the potential link between an FABP1 polymorphism in humans to brain endocannabinoid function adds tremendous clinical relevance as does the potential for differences in metabolism that are gender specific.  For more about the FABP1 T94A mutation and its influence on liver lipid metabolism, see the recent review in Lipids (Lipids 51:655-676). The review article is available for a free download until November 11, 2016.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Open access: Structured Lipids for Food and Nutraceutical Applications

The AOCS Lipid Library now includes the free article, "Structured Lipids for Food and Nutraceutical Applications," authored by Molly J. Sproston, Ebenezer A. Ifeduba, and Casimir C. Akoh, from the Food Science Department at the University of Georgia. This educationally-focused article describes what structured lipids are; how they are produced; and their nutritional and functional benefits. It also includes several figures in addition to a chart that provides an overview of various structured lipids.     

Friday, September 9, 2016

September Inform includes 2016 Annual Meeting Session Highlights

Advances in hard surface cleaning; algal butter vs. shea stearin as cocoa butter equivalents; the functionality and stability of monounsaturated vs. polyunsaturated oils in baking, frying, and confectionary; and polyphenol-coated active packaging films that control lipid oxidation in oil-in-water emulsions are just some of the fascinating topics summarized in Inform magazine’s review of the best science presented at the 2016 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. The September issue also includes articles about the storage stability of nuts, including a fun quiz, phase change materials, CLA-rich cheeses from Uruguay, and replacing PHO in doughnuts. Follow this link to the September issue.

Start preparing for the 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting by viewing the Call for Abstracts, including Hot Topic symposium presentations and more. Abstract reviews begin November 1, so submit your abstract soon!