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An insect with a delta-12 desaturase, the jewel wasp Nasonia vitripennis, benefits from nutritional supply with linoleic acid

Brandstetter, Birgit ; Ruther, Joachim



Abstract

The availability of linoleic acid (LA; C18:2(Delta 9,12)) is pivotal for animals. While vertebrates depend on a nutritional supply, some invertebrates, including the parasitic wasp Nasonia vitripennis, are able to synthesize LA from oleic acid (OA; C18:1(Delta 9)). This raises the question as to whether these animals nevertheless benefit from the additional uptake of LA with the diet. LA plays an ...

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