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Important polyunsaturated fatty acid of the marine food chain that serves as a precursor for the prostaglandin-3 and thromboxane-3 families. It differs from arachidonic acid (the eicosatetraenoic acid that is a precursor for the prostaglandin and thromboxane-2 families) by the extra double bond between the third and fourth carbons from the methyl end of the molecule. Antilipemic.
Wada, M., DeLong, C.J., Hong, Y.H., et al. Enzymes and receptors of prostaglandin pathways with arachidonic acid-derived versus eicosapentaenoic acid-derived substrates and products. J Biol Chem, 2007,282(31), 22254-22266.
Yerram, N.R.; Moore, S.A.; and Spector, A.A. Eicosapentaenoic acid metabolism in brain microvessel endothelium: Effect on prostaglandin formation. Lipid Res, 1989,301747-1757.
Hazard Statements: H227-H314-H318
Combustible liquid. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage.
Precautionary Statements: P210u-P260u-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.