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Linoleic acid
9c, 12c   18:2

a-Linolenic acid
9c, 12c, 15c   18:3

D6 Desaturase

g-Linolenic acid
6c, 9c, 12c   18:3

Stearidonic acid
6c, 9c, 12c, 15c   18:4


Dihomo g-Linolenic acid
8c, 11c, 14c   20:3

Eicosatetraenoic acid
8c, 11c, 14c, 17c   20:4

D5 Desaturase

Arachidonic acid
5c, 8c, 11c, 14c   20:4

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
5c, 8c, 11c, 14c, 17c   20:5


Adrenic acid
7c, 10c, 13c, 16c   22:4

Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA)
7c, 10c, 13c, 16c, 19c   22:5


Tetracosatetraenoic acid
9c, 12c, 15c, 18c   24:4

Tetracosapentaenoic acid
9c, 12c, 15c, 18c, 21c   24:5

D6 Desaturase

Tetracosapentaenoic acid
6c, 9c, 12c, 15c, 18c   24:5

Tetracosahexaenoic acid
6c, 9c, 12c, 15c, 18c, 21c   24:6


Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA)
4c, 7c, 10c, 13c, 16c   22:5

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
4c, 7c, 10c, 13c, 16c, 19c   22:6

How to manipulate the images:

X rotation: left-click and drag up and down
Y rotation: left-click and drag side to side
Z rotation: shift-right-click and drag side to side
Zoom: shift-left-click and drag up and down
Move: Ctrl-right-click and drag
Full menu: Right-click inside the frame

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