from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a group of substances that are derived from arachidonic acid, including leukotrienes, prostaglandins, and thromboxanes.

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  • n. Any of a family of naturally-occurring substances derived fro 20-carbon polyunsaturated fatty acids; they include the prostaglandins, thromboxanes, leukotrienes and epoxyeicosatrienoic acids; they function as hormones.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

eicosan(e), chemical name (Greek eikosi, twenty, from its twenty carbon atoms).

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From Ancient Greek εἴκοσι (eikosi, "twenty") + εἶδος (eidos, "form, likeness").


  • I do take fish oil and/or cod liver oil, partly for omega 3 balance which would include the anti-inflammatory eicosanoid response and partly for possible help with depression.

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  • Funk, C.D. Prostaglandins and leukotrienes: Advances in eicosanoid biology.

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  • Extracts from two frequently consumed spices—cumin (Cuminum ciminum) and turmeric (Curcuma longa)—inhibit platelet aggregation and alter eicosanoid biosynthesis in human blood platelets.

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  • Aiming to address if a parallel increase of redox state took place in the periphery, we evaluated malondialdehyde (MDA), a terminal compound derived from lipid peroxidation and from eicosanoid biosynthesis, widely used to monitor oxidative stress

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  • Sugano M, Ikeda I, Wakamatsu K, Oka T. Influence of Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis) - seed oil containing cis-5, cis-9, cis-12-octadecatrienoic acid on polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolism, eicosanoid production and blood pressure of rats.

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  • Despite the demonstrated utility of standard factors in coronary heart disease (CHD) risk prediction, there remains an intense interest in finding additional markers that would improve upon this standard Fatty acids (FAs) are powerful modulators of cell membrane receptors and affect signal transduction, gene transcription, and eicosanoid metabolism.

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  • They may also lessen the severity of autoimmune diseases by suppressing the immune system and by inhibiting eicosanoid-induced inflammation (Fernandes and Venkatraman, 1992).

  • Subsequent studies have proposed a mechanism for this effect, including suppression of special enzymes (COX-II) known to produce substances (the eicosanoid PGE2) that suppress immunity and promote inflammation.

  • Interleukin-10 suppression of T-cell response is mediated by eicosanoid - induced interleukin-4 release.

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  • This one test may be the most predictive blood test that you can ever take because of its’ ability to determine your eicosanoid balance.

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