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Metabolism of a n-paraffin, heptadecane, in rats.

14C-heptadecane incorporated in rat diet was largely absorbed, and a balance study showed extensive 14CO2 excretion (65%). There was no elimination of the hydrocarbon in the urine, and only minute quantities of labeled metabolites. Radioactivity in the feces was entirely in heptadecane. About 7% of the heptadecane absorbed was stored in the carcass, whereas the rest was omega-oxidized to heptadecanoic acid. This fatty acid was incorporated into neutral lipids and phospholipids, underwent the normal fatty acid degradation pathway, and contributed to the synthesis of lipids, including fatty acids, squalene and cholesterol, and nonlipids (7-10%). Heptadecanoic acid was desaturated to heptadecenoic acid. The even distribution of radioactivity in the fatty acids of the various phospholipid classes indicated that heptadecane did not interfere with the biochemical mechanisms of these functional lipids.[1]


  1. Metabolism of a n-paraffin, heptadecane, in rats. Tulliez, J.E., Bories, G.F. Lipids (1978) [Pubmed]
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