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Review: Artemisia plants, arachidonic and other polyunsaturated fatty acids

July 10, 2020 - 14:37 -- MalariaWorld Journal
Author(s): 
Jérôme Munyangi, Pierre Lutgen
Reference: 
MWJ2020,11,3
Article type: 
Review
Abstract: 

Arachidonic acid (AA or ARA) is an extremely important fatty acid involved in cell regulation. It is a polyunsaturated fatty acid (20:4n6) covalently bound in esterified form in membrane phospholipids of most body cells. Following irritation or injury, arachidonic acid is released and oxygenated by enzyme systems leading to the formation of an important group of inflammatory mediators, to the prostaglandins (PGE₂) by the cyclooxygenase enzyme. This paper describes the positive health effects of arachidonic acid on malaria and other tropical diseases.

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