Naturally Occurring Diol Lipids: Dialkoxypentanes in Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) Jaw Oil

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Science  28 Nov 1969:
Vol. 166, Issue 3909, pp. 1158-1159
DOI: 10.1126/science.166.3909.1158


Dialkyl ethers of diols (dialkoxyalkanes), naturally occurring lipids, have been isolated from the jaw oil of the porpoise Phocoena phocoena. The principal constituents are dialkoxypentanes containing two 18-carbon chains. The alkoxy linkage may play an important role in the metabolism of the diol lipids.

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