Structured triacylglycerol containing medium-chain fatty acids in sn-1(3) facilitates the absorption of dietary long-chain fatty acids in rats

Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2000 Apr;64(4):793-8. doi: 10.1271/bbb.64.793.


A study was carried out to examine if the positional distribution of medium chain fatty acids (MCF) in triacylglycerol influences dietary fat absorption in rats. Two types of structure-specific fats, one predominantly composed of MCF in sn-1(3) and iinoleic acid in sn-2 [sn1(3)MCF-structured] and the others of MCF in sn-2 and linoleic acid in sn-1(3) [sn-2MCF-structured], were initially prepared, and the two structure-specific fats were interesterified and designated as sn-1(3)MCF-interesterified and sn-2MCF-interesterified. Synthetic fat was mixed with an equal amount of cocoa butter (103 g/kg of diet) and was supplemented to the AIN93G-based diet. Rats were fed on the diets for 4 wk. Long-chain saturated fatty acids were the predominant fatty acids excreted into the feces, and the positional distribution of MCF resulted in an altered fat absorption rate (%) of 81.8, 82.5, 84.2 and 86.3 for the rats fed on the diets containing sn-2MCF-structured, sn-1(3)MCF-interesterified, sn-2MCF-interesterified and sn-1(3)MCF-structured fats, respectively. The proportion of MCF in the serum, liver and adipose tissue triacylglycerols was not affected by the MCF distribution of the dietary fats. These results indicate that the distribution of MCF in dietary triacylglycerol is a determinant of intestinal fat absorption.

MeSH terms

  • Absorption
  • Animals
  • Dietary Fats / metabolism*
  • Fatty Acids / metabolism*
  • Feces
  • Male
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Tissue Distribution
  • Triglycerides / metabolism*


  • Dietary Fats
  • Fatty Acids
  • Triglycerides