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Table 2 Most prominent plasma fatty acids (% of total plasma fatty acids) in female guinea pigs maintained on a control, high-PUFA, or high-SFA diet

From: Reproductive performance and gestational effort in relation to dietary fatty acids in guinea pigs

Fatty acid Control PUFA SFA F-value P-value
C 12:0 0.06 ± 0.02a 0.07 ± 0.02a 1.27 ± 0.36b 30.059 <0.001
C 14:0 0.93 ± 0.08a 0.59 ± 0.04a 4.64 ± 0.61b 88.240 <0.001
C 16:0 17.12 ± 0.23a 12.70 ± 0.39b 16.80 ± 0.49a 40.270 <0.001
C 18:0 10.09 ± 0.52a 6.84 ± 0.41b 9.05 ± 0.40a 113.780 <0.001
C 18.1 n9 15.53 ± 0.46a 12.85 ± 0.70b 12.49 ± 0.59b 7.901 0.002
C 18:2 n6 39.77 ± 1.00a 49.13 ± 0.86b 41.73 ± 0.60a 34.695 <0.001
C 18:3 n3 6.02 ± 0.22a 7.71 ± 0.14b 4.47 ± 0.36c 19.890 <0.001
total n-9 16.21 ± 0.47a 15.42 ± 0.46a 13.13 ± 0.58b 9.991 <0.001
total n-6 43.09 ± 0.93a 51.41 ± 0.90b 44.62 ± 0.67a 27.577 <0.001
total n-3 6.64 ± 0.24a 8.12 ± 0.45b 4.95 ± 0.36c 19.400 <0.001
total SFA 31.67 ± 0.74a 23.74 ± 0.91b 35.31 ± 0.81c 51.931 <0.001
total MUFA 18.51 ± 0.50a 16.66 ± 0.49b 15.03 ± 0.63b 10.111 <0.001
total PUFA 49.82 ± 1.08a 59.60 ± 0.89b 49.66 ± 0.55a 43.030 <0.001
n-6 : n-3 ratio 6.55 ± 0.22a 6.57 ± 0.51a 9.59 ± 0.88b 9.254 <0.001
P : S ratio 1.59 ± 0.07a 2.56 ± 0.13b 1.42 ± 0.04a 50.46 <0.001
  1. Different superscript letters indicate significant differences between single groups (P ≤ 0.05)