Lipids of Erythrocyte Membranes of COPD Patients: A Quantitative and Qualitative Study
COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 08/17/2012
Gangopadhyay S et al. – The fatty acid analysis showed preponderance towards saturated fatty acids mainly arachidic and behenic acid, suggesting a decrease in membrane fluidity or a closer packing of lipid rafts. The authors are the first to report about preponderance of saturated fatty acids in plasma membrane of erythrocytes of COPD patients which may decrease the membrane fluidity and possibly impair the functions of the plasma membrane in the disease.