Linoleic Acid
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Linoleic Acid

Linoleic acid
IUPAC name
(9Z,12Z)-octadeca-9,12-dienoic acid
Other names
cis,cis-9,12-octadecadienoic acid
C18:2 (Lipid numbers)
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.000.428 Edit this at Wikidata
EC Number
  • 200-470-9
Molar mass  g·mol-1
Appearance Colorless oil
Density 0.9 g/cm3[1]
Melting point -12 °C (10 °F)[1]
-6.9 °C (19.6 °F)[2]
-5 °C (23 °F)[3]
Boiling point 229 °C (444 °F) at 16 mmHg[2]
230 °C (446 °F) at 21 mbar[3]
230 °C (446 °F) at 16 mmHg[1]
0.139 mg/L[3]
Vapor pressure 16 Torr at 229 °C[]
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
Flammability code 1: Must be pre-heated before ignition can occur. Flash point over 93 °C (200 °F). E.g. canola oilHealth code 2: Intense or continued but not chronic exposure could cause temporary incapacitation or possible residual injury. E.g. chloroformReactivity code 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g. liquid nitrogenSpecial hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Flash point 112 °C (234 °F)[3]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

Linoleic acid is an organic compound with the formula COOH(CH2)7CH=CHCH2CH=CH(CH2)4CH3. Both alkene groups are cis. It is a fatty acid sometimes denoted 18:2 (n-6) or 18:2 cis-9,12. A linoleate is a salt or ester of this acid.[4]

Linoleic acid is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. It is a colorless or white oil that is virtually insoluble in water but soluble in many organic solvents.[2] It typically occurs in nature as a triglyceride (ester of glycerin) rather than as a free fatty acid.[5] It is one of two essential fatty acids for humans, who must obtain it through their diet.[6]

The word "linoleic" derives from the Latin linum "flax" + oleum "oil", reflecting the fact that it was first isolated from linseed oil.

In physiology

The consumption of linoleic acid is vital to proper health, as it is an essential fatty acid.[7] In rats, a diet deficient in linoleate (the salt form of the acid) has been shown to cause mild skin scaling, hair loss,[8] and poor wound healing.[9]

Metabolism and eicosanoids

Linoleic Acid Metabolism.gif Linoleic acid is a precursor to arachidonic acid (AA) with elongation and saturation,.[10] AA is the precursor to some prostaglandins, leukotrienes (LTA, LTB, LTC), and thromboxane (TXA).

The metabolism of LA to AA begins with the conversion of LA into gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA), effected by ?6desaturase.[11] GLA is converted to dihomo-?-linolenic acid (DGLA), the immediate precursor to AA. One of the possible fates of AA is to be transformed into a group of metabolites called eicosanoids during the inflammatory response and during physical activity; eicosanoids are a class of paracrine hormones. The three types of eicosanoids are prostaglandins, thromboxanes, and leukotrienes. Eicosanoids produced from AA tend to promote (not cause) inflammation and promote growth during and after physical activity in healthy humans.[12] For example, both AA-derived thrombaxane and leukotrieneB4 are proaggregatory and vasoconstrictive eicosanoids during inflammation. The oxidized metabolic products of linoleic acid, such as 9-hydroxyoctadecanoic acid and 13-hydroxyoctadecanoic acid, have also been shown to activate TRPV1, the capsaicin receptor, and through this might play a major role in hyperalgesia and allodynia.[13]

LA is also converted by various lipoxygenases, cyclooxygenases, cytochrome P450 enzymes (the CYP monooxygenases), and non-enzymatic autoxidation mechanisms to mono-hydroxyl products viz., 13-Hydroxyoctadecadienoic acid, and 9-Hydroxyoctadecadienoic acid; these two hydroxy metabolites are enzymatically oxidized to their keto metabolites, 13-oxo-octadecadienoic acid and 9-oxo-octadecdienoic acid. Certain cytochrome P450 enzymes, the CYP epoxygenases, metabolize LA to epoxide products viz., its 12,13-epoxide, Vernolic acid, and its 9,10-epoxide, Coronaric acid. These linoleic acid products have bioactivity and are implicated in human physiology and pathology.


Industrial uses

Linoleic acid is used in making quick-drying oils, which are useful in oil paints and varnishes. These applications exploit the easy reaction of the linoleic acid with oxygen in air (autoxidation), which leads to crosslinking and formation of a stable film called linoxyn.

Reduction of linoleic acid yields linoleyl alcohol. Linoleic acid is a surfactant with a critical micelle concentration of 1.5 x 10-4 M @ pH 7.5.

Linoleic acid has become increasingly popular in the beauty products industry because of its beneficial properties on the skin. Research points to linoleic acid's anti-inflammatory, acne reductive, skin-lightening and moisture retentive properties when applied topically on the skin.[14][15][16][17]

Use in research

Linoleic acid lipid radicals can be used to show the antioxidant effect of polyphenols and natural phenols. Experiments on linoleic acid subjected to AAPH induced oxidation of linoleic acid, thus producing lipid radicals; the use of different combinations of phenolics then show that binary mixtures can lead to either a synergetic antioxidant effect, or to an antagonistic effect towards the lipid radicals. Research like this is useful in discovering which phenols prevent the autoxidation of vegetable oils.[18]

Dietary sources

It is abundant in safflower, sunflower, corn, and comprises over half their composition by weight. It is present in medium quantities in soybean oils, sesame, and almonds.[19][20]

Name % LA+ ref.
Salicornia oil 75%
Safflower oil 74.62%
Evening Primrose oil 65-80% [21]
Melon seed oil 70%
Poppyseed oil 70%
Grape seed oil 69.6%
Sunflower oil 65.7%
Prickly Pear seed oil 63%
Hemp oil 54.3% [22]
Corn oil 59%
Wheat germ oil 55%
Cottonseed oil 54%
Soybean oil 51%
Walnut oil 51%
Sesame oil 45%
Rice bran oil 39%
Argan oil 37%
Pistachio oil 32.7%
Peanut oil 32% [23]
Peach oil 29% [24]
Almonds 24%
Canola oil 21%
Chicken fat 18-23% [25]
Egg yolk 16%
Linseed oil (flax) 15%
Lard 10%
Olive oil 10% (3.5 - 21%) [26][27]
Palm oil 10%
Durio graveolens 4.95% [28]
Cocoa butter 3%
Macadamia oil 2%
Butter 2%
Coconut oil 2%
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Other occurrences

Cockroaches release oleic and linoleic acid upon death, which discourages other roaches from entering the area. This is similar to the mechanism found in ants and bees, which release oleic acid upon death.[29]


In 1844, F. Sacc, working at the laboratory of Justus von Liebig, isolated linoleic acid from linseed oil.[30][31] In 1886, K. Peters determined the existence of two double bonds.[32] Its essential role in human diet was discovered by G. O. Burr and others in 1930.[33] Its chemical structure was determined by T.P. Hilditch and others in 1939, and it was synthesized by R. A. Raphael and F. Sondheimer in 1950.[34]

See also


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