n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid-induced changes in the molecular species composition of diradylglycerol in murine peritoneal macrophages remain stable during incubation ex vivo

Lipids. 1996 Jul;31(7):771-6. doi: 10.1007/BF02522894.


Three-to four-week-old C57BL/6 mice were maintained for four weeks on diets in which the 10% lipid component was the ethyl esters of either corn oil or n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA). Incubation of macrophages ex vivo for 14 h, a normal incubation time used for macrophage studies, in the absence of fetal calf serum, did not diminish the extent of incorporation of 20:5n-3 (eicosapentaenoic acid) and 22:6n-3 (docosahexaenoic acid) moieties into membrane phospholipids and into diradylglycerol (DG) relative to that after a very abbreviated incubation time. We conclude that studies examining the effects of dietary n-3 PUFA on DG formation and related physiological effects in macrophages can be performed after a normal ex vivo incubation of at least 14 h without experiencing a significant loss of incorporated n 3 PUFA.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed
  • Animals
  • Blood Proteins
  • Cohort Studies
  • Diglycerides / biosynthesis*
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / metabolism*
  • Hot Temperature
  • Macrophages, Peritoneal / metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Specific Pathogen-Free Organisms
  • Time Factors


  • Blood Proteins
  • Diglycerides
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3
  • diarachidonyl diglyceride