The chemistry and biochemistry of lipids.

Lipids are a group of structural different molecules which are unsoluble in water (hydrophobic) and soluble in fat (lipophilic) and which occure in living cells as structural components of cell membranes, as energy storage or as signaling molecules.

Online available information resources on the chemistry of lipids.


Lecture Notes, Tutorials
Compound Classes
Metabolism, metabolic pathways
Analysis and Determination
Data and Databases
Spectroscopic Data
Medicinal Chemistry

Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Biochemistry of Lipids
Fatty Acids, Omega Fats, Triglycerides, Phospholipids, Eicosanoids, …

Cell Membrane
The structure and function of the plasma membrane. Wiley - Format: PDF

Cell Membrane
Biomembrane structure - Format: PDF

Chemistry of Fatty Acids
Booklet: Bailey’s Industrial Oil and Fat Products. Wiley - Format: PDF

Fluid Lipid Bilayers
The Structure of Fluid Lipid Bilayers

Lipid Glossary
Ebook - Format: PDF

Lipid Metabolism
Lipid Catabolism Summary

Lipid Metabolism
Lecture notes. The Medical Biochemistry Page

Compound Classes

Essential Fatty Acids
Fats You Need. Notes by Ben Best

Fatty acids
Chemical structures of some fatty acids

Phospholipid Structure and Synthesis. The Medical Biochemistry Page

Metabolism of the Sphingolipids. The Medical Biochemistry Page


Fatty Acids
Common (non-systematic) Names for Fatty Acids. AOCS

Nomenclature of lipids; IUPAC recommendations. Queen Mary University of London


Bile acid biosynthesis
Reference pathway. Kegg

Metabolism, metabolic pathways

Arachidonic acid metabolism
Reference pathway. Kegg

Ether lipid metabolism
Reference pathway. Kegg

Glycerolipid metabolism
Reference pathway. Kegg

Glycerophospholipid metabolism
Reference pathway. Kegg

Ketone bodies
Synthesis and degradation of ketone bodies; reference pathway. Kegg

Lipid Metabolism
Reference pathway. Wiring diagrams of molecular interactions, reactions, and relations. Kegg Pathway Database

Sphingolipid metabolism
Reference pathway. Kegg

Analysis and Determination

Lipid Analysis
... with GC-MS, LC-MS, FT-MS

Data and Databases

Arabidopsis Lipid Gene Database
A database of Arabidopsis thaliana genes known or suspected to be involved in acyl-lipid metabolism. Michigan State University

Lipid Library
Lipid Chemistry, Biology and Analysis

Lipid Maps
Lipid metabolites and pathways strategy. NIH, NIGMS

The official database of Japanese Conference on the Biochemistry of Lipids. JCBL

Lipid Maps Structure Database. NIH, NIGMS

Lipoxygenases DataBase. DKFZ

... is an evolving pathway map for sphingolipid biosynthesis that includes many of the known sphingolipids and glycosphingolipids arranged according to their biosynthetic origin(s)

Spectroscopic Data

The page has been established to disseminate free copies of mass lists of Sphingomyelin and Dihydrosphingomyelin molecular species. William Craig Byrdwell

The page has been established to disseminate free copies of mass lists of Triacylglycerols, also called Triglycerides. William Craig Byrdwell

Medicinal Chemistry

Atherosclerosis, dyslipidemia and lipid management
Online resource for clinicians, researchers and educators with an interest in atherosclerosis, dyslipidemia and lipid management. Lipids Online


Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
... publishes research papers and review articles in the field of molecular biology which emphasise chemical and physical aspects of lipids. Elsevier

Current Opinion in Lipidology
This reader-friendly, bimonthly resource provides a powerful, broad-based perspective on the most important advances from throughout the world literature. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology
... focusses on the scientific and geographical integration of a varied spectrum ranging from lipidomics, nutrition and health to analytics, biotechnology and process engineering as well as chemistry and physical chemistry. Wiley-Interscience

Future Lipidology
... aims to cover all emerging topics in the field of lipidology, to provide the increasingly time-constrained scientific community with an accessible and definitive resource covering all aspects of lipids in health and disease. Future Medicine

Journal of Lipid Research
JLR focuses on the science of lipids in health and disease. The Journal emphasizes lipid function and the biochemical and genetic regulation of lipid metabolism. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Journal of Oleo Science
... publishes scientific contributions in any field of basic and applied research in the area of fats and oils and related food products, detergents, petroleum products, lipids and related proteins and sugars. Japan Oil Chemists’ Society

Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society
JAOCS publishes original research articles, invited reviews, and letters to the editor that add significantly to the body of knowledge concerning the science and technology of fats, oils, oilseed proteins, and related materials. Springer

Lipid Technology
... provides customers with a monthly source of concise information on the critical developments and trends in the oilseeds, fats and oils industries; fats and oils markets; as well as lipids in science, technology, biotechnology, food, agriculture, nutrition and pharmaceuticals. Wiley-Interscience

... focuses on publishing high-quality peer-reviewed papers and invited reviews in the general area of lipid research, including chemistry, biochemistry, clinical nutrition, and metabolism. In addition, Lipids publishes papers establishing novel methods for addressing research questions in the field of lipid research. Springer

Lipids in Health and Disease
... is ready to receive manuscripts on all aspects of lipids in health and disease. BioMed Central Ltd.

Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids
The BBA Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids section publishes papers on original research dealing with novel aspects of molecular genetics related to the lipidome, the biosynthesis of lipids, the role of lipids in cells and whole organisms, the regulation of lipid metabolism and function, and lipidomics in all organisms. Elsevier

Progress in Lipid Research
Methodological reviews as well as chemical, biochemical and medical articles. Elsevier

Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
... is the original and foremost journal dealing with prostaglandins and related lipid mediator substances. It includes basic and clinical studies related to the pharmacology, physiology, pathology and biochemistry of lipid mediators. Elsevier


American Oil Chemists' Society
AOCS is a global professional scientific society for all individuals and corporations with interest in the fats, oils, surfactants, detergents and related materials fields

Euro Fed Lipid
The European Federation for the Science and Technology of Lipids

German Oils and Fats Society
Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Fettwissenschaft e.V., DGF

International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids
ISSFAL is the foremost International Scientific Society dealing exclusively with the health impact of dietary lipids

International Conference on the Bioscience of Lipids
ICBL provides an international forum for the presentation and discussion of fundamental investigations in all aspects of lipid research and related applications

International Society for Fat Research
ISF is a federation of national and regional scientific associations active in the areas of fats, oils, and lipids

Nordic Forum for Lipid Research and Technology

Related Books and Scientific Literature: Lipids

Book recommendation

Michael I. Gurr et al.

Lipids: Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Health

For the Sixth Edition of this highly regarded textbook devoted to lipids, the title has been modified from Lipid Biochemistry to Lipids to acknowledge the coming together of biological and medical sciences, the increasingly blurred boundaries between them and the growing importance of lipids in diverse aspects of science and technology. The principal aims of this new edition - to inform students and researchers about lipids, to assist teachers and encourage further research - have not changed since previous editions.

Wiley-Blackwell; 2016

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