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1 Fats and Lipids

2 Lipids Lipids are varied in structure.
Many are insoluble in water because they lack polar groups. Types of Lipids and their Functions 1. Fat provides insulation and energy storage. 2. Phospholipids form plasma (cell) membranes 3. Steroids are important cell messengers. 4. Waxes are for protection/insulation.

3 Lipids Fats and Oils =3 fatty acids + Glycerol
A fatty acid is a long hydrocarbon chain with a carboxyl (acid) group at one end. (-COOH) Because the carboxyl group is a polar group, fatty acids can be slightly soluble in water. Most fatty acids in cells contain 16 to 18 carbon atoms per molecule. The longer the chain the less water soluble it is. Glycerol is a water-soluble compound with three hydroxyl groups.


5 Lipids Triglycerides are glycerol joined to three fatty acids by condensation synthesis. Fats are triglycerides containing saturated fatty acids (e.g., butter is solid at room temperature). Generally from animals Oils are triglycerides with unsaturated fatty acids (e.g., corn oil is liquid at room temperature). Generally from plants **Animals use fat rather than glycogen for long-term energy storage; fat stores more energy.(9cal/g)

6 Types of Fatty Acids Saturated fatty acids have no double bonds between their carbon atoms. Unsaturated fatty acids have double bonds in the carbon chain where there are less than two hydrogens per carbon atom. Saturated animal fats are associated with circulatory disorders; plant oils can be substituted for animal fats in the diet.


8 Lipids Waxes Waxes form a protective covering that prevent water loss in plants, maintain animal skin and fur. Steroids Cholesterol is a part of an animal cell’s membrane and a precursor of other steroids, including the sex hormones. Testosterone is the male sex hormone. Steroids act as messengers and help turn on or turn off genes. Thus they help control cell activity


10 Lipids Phospholipids Phosphate group is the polar head
Hydrocarbon chains become the nonpolar tails. Hey! Hey! Hey! This is why phospholipids are important!! The plasma membrane which surrounds living cells is a phospholipid bilayer.




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