• acyl
  • Because they result from the hydrolysis of an acyl group from the sn-1 position of phosphatidylcholine, they are also called 1-lysophosphatidylcholine (or 1-lysoPC, in short). (wikipedia.org)
  • 1-LysoPC can be produced as a by-product of the reaction transferring an acyl group from a phosphatidylcholine to an acceptor molecule, resulting in the formation of an esterified acceptor molecule. (wikipedia.org)
  • membrane
  • Phosphatidylcholine is important for a variety of function in eukaryotes such as facilitating the transport of cholesterol through the organism, acting as a substrate for the production of second messengers and as a cofactor for the activity of several membrane-related enzymes. (wikipedia.org)
  • Procedure
  • Taking phosphatidylcholine by mouth does not seem to improve a medical procedure called peritoneal dialysis. (webmd.com)
  • Some organizations[clarification needed] promote the use of injected phosphatidylcholine, otherwise known as injection lipolysis, claiming the procedure can break down fat cells, and thus serve as an alternative to liposuction. (wikipedia.org)
  • brain
  • Because the body uses phosphatidylcholine to make a brain chemical called acetylcholine, there is also some interest in using it for treating "brain-centered" conditions such as memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, manic-depressive disorders, and a movement disorder called tardive dyskinesia. (webmd.com)
  • The body makes a brain chemical called acetylcholine from phosphatidylcholine. (webmd.com)
  • Taking phosphatidylcholine during pregnancy does not seem to improve the brain development of the infant. (webmd.com)
  • drugs
  • This practice, using drugs generally based on phosphatidylcholine and deoxycholate (PCDC), evolved from the initial intravenous use of those drug formulations to treat blood disorders. (wikipedia.org)
  • NAME
  • The name "lecithin" was originally defined from the Greek lekithos (λεκιθος, egg yolk) by Theodore Nicolas Gobley, a French chemist and pharmacist of the mid-19th century, who applied it to the egg yolk phosphatidylcholine that he identified in 1847. (wikipedia.org)