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Creation date2010-04-08 22:06:03 UTC
Update date2019-11-26 02:59:45 UTC
Primary IDFDB004035
Secondary Accession Numbers
  • FDB003045
Chemical Information
FooDB NameHexacosaenoic acid
DescriptionHexacosanoic acid, also known as N-hexacosanoate or c26:0, is a member of the class of compounds known as very long-chain fatty acids. Very long-chain fatty acids are fatty acids with an aliphatic tail that contains at least 22 carbon atoms. Thus, hexacosanoic acid is considered to be a fatty acid lipid molecule. Hexacosanoic acid is practically insoluble (in water) and a weakly acidic compound (based on its pKa). Hexacosanoic acid can be found in a number of food items such as dandelion, potato, cottonseed, and sugar apple, which makes hexacosanoic acid a potential biomarker for the consumption of these food products. Hexacosanoic acid can be found primarily in blood, as well as in human adrenal gland and fibroblasts tissues. Hexacosanoic acid exists in all eukaryotes, ranging from yeast to humans. In humans, hexacosanoic acid is involved in a couple of metabolic pathways, which include adrenoleukodystrophy, x-linked and beta oxidation of very long chain fatty acids. Hexacosanoic acid is also involved in carnitine-acylcarnitine translocase deficiency, which is a metabolic disorder. Moreover, hexacosanoic acid is found to be associated with adrenomyeloneuropathy, peroxisomal biogenesis defect, and adrenoleukodystrophy, neonatal. Hexacosanoic acid is a non-carcinogenic (not listed by IARC) potentially toxic compound. Cerotic acid is also a type of very long chain fatty acid that is often associated with the disease adrenoleukodystrophy, which involves the excessive saturation of unmetabolized fatty acid chains, including cerotic acid, in the peroxisome. [In the chem box it is shown folded only because of lack of space. In fact, it is a straight-chain, saturated fatty acid.] . Treatment options for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) are limited. Dietary treatment is with Lorenzo's oil. For the childhood cerebral form, stem cell transplant and gene therapy are options if the disease is detected early in the clinical course. Adrenal insufficiency in ALD patients can be successfully treated (T3DB).
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Chemical FormulaC26H52O2
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InChI IdentifierInChI=1S/C26H52O2/c1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-22-23-24-25-26(27)28/h2-25H2,1H3,(H,27,28)
Average Molecular Weight396.6899
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight396.396730908
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Content Reference— Duke, James. 'Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. United States Department of Agriculture.' Agricultural Research Service, Accessed April 27 (2004).