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- Created on: 07-12-09 11:21
Mixed group of hydrophobic compounds made of Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen. Functions include: insulation, energy storage, protection, waterproofing, cell membrane, production of hormones.
Glycerol and fatty acids combine via condensation to create triglycerides. R group of a fatty acid can be saturated or unsaturated. In phospholipids there are only two fatty acid chains, rather than three, and this is substituted by a phosphate group.
If there are no C=C double bonds in the hydrocarbon chain, then it is a saturated fatty acid (i.e. saturated with hydrogen). These fatty acids form straight chains, and have a high melting point. GOOD
If there are C=C double bonds in the hydrocarbon chain, then it is an unsaturated fatty acid (i.e. unsaturated with hydrogen). These fatty acids form bent chains, and have a low melting point. Fatty acids with more than one double bond are called poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). BAD
This is a condensation reaction; the new bonds are called ester bonds.
Triglycerides are insoluble in water. They are used for storage,…