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  • A glycerol backbone at the core of triglycerides, consists of three carbon atoms.
  • Three fatty acids, long chains of hydrocarbons with a carboxyl group and a methyl group at opposite ends, extend from each of the carbons of the glycerol.

Triglycerides

This image shows the reaction for the formation of triglycerides.
Triglycerides are composed of glycerol attached to three fatty acids via dehydration synthesis. Notice that glycerol gives up a hydrogen atom, and the carboxyl groups on the fatty acids each give up a hydroxyl group.

Triglycerides form via dehydration synthesis. Glycerol gives up hydrogen atoms from its hydroxyl groups at each bond, and the carboxyl group on each fatty acid chain gives up a hydroxyl group. A total of three water molecules are thereby released.

Fatty acid chains that have no double carbon bonds anywhere along their length and therefore contain the maximum number of hydrogen atoms are called saturated fatty acids. These straight, rigid chains pack tightly together and are solid or semi-solid at room temperature ( [link] a ). Butter and lard are examples, as is the fat found on a steak or in your own body. In contrast, fatty acids with one double carbon bond are kinked at that bond ( [link] b ). These monounsaturated fatty acids are therefore unable to pack together tightly, and are liquid at room temperature. Polyunsaturated fatty acids contain two or more double carbon bonds, and are also liquid at room temperature. Plant oils such as olive oil typically contain both mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Fatty acid shapes

This diagram shows the chain structures of a saturated and an unsaturated fatty acid.
The level of saturation of a fatty acid affects its shape. (a) Saturated fatty acid chains are straight. (b) Unsaturated fatty acid chains are kinked.

Whereas a diet high in saturated fatty acids increases the risk of heart disease, a diet high in unsaturated fatty acids is thought to reduce the risk. This is especially true for the omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids found in cold-water fish such as salmon. These fatty acids have their first double carbon bond at the third hydrocarbon from the methyl group (referred to as the omega end of the molecule).

Finally, trans fatty acids found in some processed foods, including some stick and tub margarines, are thought to be even more harmful to the heart and blood vessels than saturated fatty acids. Trans fats are created from unsaturated fatty acids (such as corn oil) when chemically treated to produce partially hydrogenated fats.

As a group, triglycerides are a major fuel source for the body. When you are resting or asleep, a majority of the energy used to keep you alive is derived from triglycerides stored in your fat (adipose) tissues. Triglycerides also fuel long, slow physical activity such as gardening or hiking, and contribute a modest percentage of energy for vigorous physical activity. Dietary fat also assists the absorption and transport of the nonpolar fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Additionally, stored body fat protects and cushions the body’s bones and internal organs, and acts as insulation to retain body heat.

Fatty acids are also components of glycolipids, which are sugar-fat compounds found in the cell membrane. Lipoproteins are compounds in which the hydrophobic triglycerides are packaged in protein envelopes for transport in body fluids.

Questions & Answers

write short notes on ligaments,curves and moverment of vertebral column.
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AJITH
Cutting Up
Nonie
Cutting Up
Nonie
to dissect
Nonie
what usually cause blood pressurae
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too much salt in the diet
Abuusu
older age
Abuusu
Even family history of high blood pressure
Abuusu
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Yaqub
too much salt in the diet
Yaqub
stress is the leading factor
Richard
smoking and too much alcohol consumption
Annu
obesity can also cause hypertension
Yaqub
high temperature of the body high salt of the body
Drs
how does the temperature affect the blood pressure?
Chidiebere
sex
Onavwie
What sex.?
Arshad
Male
Vikas
i mearnt gender,there's increased blood pressure in male than female
Onavwie
guys, read the question, involuntary pumping of heart causes the blood pressure in the arteries, he has not asked about high or low BP.
Jess
explain the cellular mechanism that produces tetanus and summation
Jenica Reply
epithelial cells polerity
jitendra Reply
tissues
Deepak
demonstrate the fluid replacement in the body
John Reply
the red blood cells is in the long bones or flat bones?
isbii
as age increases, the bone elongates .. will the joint vanish?
Sushruth Reply
what is anatomy?
Ivy Reply
structure
Allonda
discuss the organization of the body
Mwila Reply
explain the cellular mechanism that produces tetanus and summation
Chayanne Reply
explain why the muscle doesn't respond to low stimulus voltages
Chayanne
how would muscle contractions be affected if skeletal muscle fibers did have T - tubules?
Chayanne
tetanus is a disease caused by a bacteria causing rigidity and spasms of volutary muscles.. there is a prolonged construction of muscles caused by repeated stimuli
Marcus
muscles follow the "all or none law" when it comes to reponse to stimuli... muscle construction would have been affected because the T tubules are the conducting tracts that transport the or move the action potential in deporalizing the other parts of cell hence the muscle wont act as a single cell
Marcus
Skeletal muscle fibers do have t tubules that's how action potential propagates to spread throughout the muscle. Tetanus production is a phenomenon which is better explained in time rather then cellularly. Action potentials either separated in time or space are summated on the muscle and
Vikas
When the stimulus frequency hits more than 25 the individual twitches from the fibers summate and the muscle as a whole contracts. Cellulary, a good amount of calcium needs to be accumulated as is done by twitches adding together.
Vikas
what is the names of tarsus?
Fathia Reply
the region of the foot containing the seven tarsal bones.
Manja
the tarsal bones
Marcus
how the valves keep the blood moving in one direction?
Nonie Reply
They open and close during blood circulation,
Denis
Then valve open labb sound and valve close dabb sound
HARDIK
The valves for example the semilunar valves act to prevent back flow of blood from arteries to ventricles during ventricular diastole and help to maintain pressure on the major arteries .The aortic semilunar valve separate the left ventricle from opening of the aorta.
Denis
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kannan
what are estrogen and progesterone ? and their functions
Emmanuel
it's a body hormones and this is spread by women and it's can help to reproduction system...
HARDIK
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Emmanuel
Progesterone helps to maintain the endometrium wall which is later shed out of the body during the menstrual cycle
Smisha
Estrogen is another ovarian hormone which helps the primary follicle to develop into graafian follicle and cause ovulation
Smisha
what is decstro cardiac
priyanshi
Right sided heart in a guy
Vikas
Dextrocardia is a condition where the. heart lies in the right side of the thorax instead of the left and it occurs when the heart loops to the left instead of the right.
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Vikas
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Vikas
It has valves that OPEN and close during circulation
xiao
What does the Thyroid gland means
Solomon Reply
It's a gland in your neck produces thyroid hormone maintains body metabolism
Vikas
how many joints are in the human foot?
Roghayeh Reply
I believe that is 33 joints
Ana
26 bones and 33 joints.
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