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Any of a group of glycerol-based phospholipids in which a fatty acid group is replaced by a fatty aldehyde.



any of a group of naturally occurring lipids belonging to phosphoglycerides, or phosphatides. Plasmalogens were first discovered in 1924 in blood plasma. They are widely distributed in animal tissues, for example, the brain, heart, and skeletal muscles, as well as in plant tissues, for example, algae and the fruits of leguminous plants.

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Functions and biosynthesis of plasmalogens in health and disease.
Fatty acids of serine, ethanolamine, and choline plasmalogens in some marine bivalves.
The biological significance of plasmalogens in defense against oxidative damage.
Plasmalogens and O-alkylglycerophospholipids in aquatic animals.
However, these authors found an increase in PC from 29% to 43% on the expense of plasmalogens during conditioning of P.