Effect of storage temperature in a Cambodian field setting on the fatty acid composition in whole blood

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Fatty acid analysis requires standardized collection and storage of samples, which can be a challenge under field conditions. This study describes the effect of storage temperature on fatty acid composition in two sets of whole blood samples collected from 66 children in a rural area in Cambodia. The samples were stored with butylated hydroxytoluene at -20°C and -80°C and the latter required extra transfers due to storage facility limitation. Fatty acid composition was analyzed by high-throughput gas-chromatography and evaluated by paired t-tests and Bland-Altman plots. Total amounts of fat in -20°C and -80°C samples did not differ, but there was relatively more highly unsaturated fatty acids (15.8±2.7 vs. 14.4±2.5%, p<0.001) and a lower n-6/n-3 ratio (6.4±1.4 vs. 6.9±1.4, p<0.001) in the -20°C samples. Our results indicate that the importance of storage temperature should be evaluated in the context of storage facility availability and risk of temperature fluctuations during transport.

TidsskriftProstaglandins, Leukotrienes & Essential Fatty Acids
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)57-61
Antal sider5
StatusUdgivet - 2015

Bibliografisk note

CURIS 2015 NEXS 098

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