This inherited neurological disorder is characterized by an accumulation of a normal metabolite of phytol (phytanic acid) in blood and tissues, and the disorder was later found to be related to deficiency in the α-oxidation pathway in the liver.
Phytanic acid accumulates in the fat of ruminant animals. Most animals lack the necessary enzyme to cleave phytol from chlorophyll. The rumen microorganisms, however, can cleave this bond and release phytol, which is converted to phytanic acid and subsequently incorparated into the animal's fat.
WIPO ASSIGNS PATENT TO K.D. PHARMA BEXBACH FOR "PHYTANIC ACID FRACTIONATION PROCESS, FATTY ACID PRODUCTS AND USE THEREOF" (GERMAN INVENTORS)
Feb 20, 2011; GENEVA, Feb. 20 -- Publication No. WO/2011/018096 was published on Feb. 17. Title of the invention: "PHYTANIC ACID FRACTIONATION...
WIPO ASSIGNS PATENT TO EOLAS SCIENCE FOR "COMPOSITIONS RICH IN OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS WITH A LOW CONTENT IN PHYTANIC ACID" (IRISH INVENTORS)
Oct 21, 2010; GENEVA, Oct. 27 -- Publication No. WO/2010/118761 was published on Oct. 21. Title of the invention: "COMPOSITIONS RICH IN OMEGA-3...