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Lipids as Bioeffectors. Introduction

E. V. Dyatlovitskaya* and V. V. Bezuglov

Shemyakin and Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Miklukho-Maklaya 16/10, Moscow, 117871 Russia; fax: (095) 335-7103; E-mail: jgmol@ibch.siobc.ras.ru

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Received August 20, 1997
In this introductory paper functions of lipids with special emphasis on their bioeffector role, which is reported in the reviews published in this issue of journal, are discussed.
KEY WORDS: sphingolipids, phospholipids, fatty acids, oxylipins, cell signaling, lipid functions