Ethanol consumption and serum lipid profiles in Sinclair (S-1) miniature swine

Laurie Foudin, Myron E. Tumbleson, Albert Y. Sun, Richard W. Geisler, Grace Y. Sun

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Ethanol consumption was correlated with changes in acyl group profiles of phosphatidylcholine and triacylglycerols in serum of Sinclair(S-1) miniature boars. Serum triacylglycerols in the control pigs were high in linoleate (18:2) (48%) and low in stearate (18:0 (3%). Upon feeding with 10% (w/v) ethanol ad lib for two weeks, the proportion of 18:2 in serum triacylglycerols decreased to 12-15% with a concomitant increase in 16:0, 18:0 and 18:1. Similar, but less extensive, acyl group changes were observed in the serum phosphatidylcholine. In addition, there was a decrease in the proportion of 20:3 (n-6), but a biphasic change was shown in 20:4 (n-6) with respect to ethanol consumption. In general, the high ethanol consumers (7.0 g/kg/day) indicated a more rapid rate of acyl group change than the low consumers (3.8 g/kg/day). Upon withdrawal of ethanol, acyl groups of triacylglycerols rapidly returned towards the control values, whereas only small changes were observed for the recovery in phospholipids. In this situation, the low-consumer group indicated a more rapid recovery than the high-consumer group. Results indicate that with the swine model, serum lipid changes can be a useful parameter for correlating biological changes upon ethanol consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)819-826
Number of pages8
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number9
StatePublished - Feb 27 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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