Membrane Fatty Acids Associated with the Electrical Response in Visual Excitation

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Science  21 Dec 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4118, pp. 1253-1254
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4118.1253


The fatty acid composition of rat photoreceptor membranes was altered by dietary manipulation. A functional alteration was also observed in the component of the electroretinogram which is generated by the photoreceptors. A membrane fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid, appears to be involved in the transduction process of visual excitation.

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