L2376 Sigma-Aldrich

Linolenic acid


Synonym: α-Lnn, cis,cis,cis-9,12,15-Octadecatrienoic acid

  • CAS Number 463-40-1

  • Linear Formula CH3(CH2CH=CH)3(CH2)7CO2H

  • Molecular Weight 278.43

  •  Beilstein Registry Number 1727693

  •  EC Number 207-334-8

  •  MDL number MFCD00065720

  •  PubChem Substance ID 24896311



Biochem/physiol Actions

An ω-3 fatty acid that serves as a precursor to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) but not docosahexaenoic acid. Conversion is greater in women than men, and conversely, β-oxidation metabolism is greater in men than women.

Linolenic acid is involved in the formation of highly unsaturated fatty acid. It is essential for the development of skin, blood and neural cells. Linolenic acid is also associated with the organization of lipid membranes of neural synapses, pigment epithelial cells of retina and myocardial cells. It plays an important role in brain development and prostaglandin synthesis. Deficiency of essential fatty acid is related to skin disorders and growth retardation.


5, 10 g in ampule

500 mg in ampule

Sealed ampule


Linolenic acid has been used:
• to assess the total antioxidative activity of serum and bacteria
• in palleroni chamber assay
• to prepare free fatty acid mixture

General description

Linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid, which is not produced in the body. Plants and fishes are rich sources of linolenic acid.

Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

Personal Protective Equipment 
NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 
Flash Point(F) 
235.4 °F
Flash Point(C) 
113 °C

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