Abstract: Parenteral nutrition lipid emulsions made from various plant oils contain steroidal compounds, called phytosterols. During parenteral administration of lipid emulsions, phytosterols can reach levels in the blood that are many fold higher than during enteral administration. The elevated phytosterol levels have been associated with the development of liver dysfunction and the rare development of liver failure. There is limited information available in the literature related to phytosterol concentrations in lipid emulsions. The objective of the current study was to validate an assay for steroidal compounds found in lipid emulsions and to compare their concentrations in the most commonly used parenteral nutrition lipid emulsions: Liposyn® II, Liposyn® III, Lipofundin® MCT, Lipofundin® N, Structolipid®, Intralipid®, Ivelip® and ClinOleic®. Our data demonstrates that concentrations of the various steroidal compounds varied greatly between the eight lipid emulsions, with the olive oil-based lipid emulsion containing the lowest levels of phytosterols and cholesterol, and the highest concentration of squalene. The clinical impression of greater incidences of liver dysfunction with soybean versus MCT/LCT and olive/soy lipid emulsions may be reflective of the levels of phytosterols in these emulsions. This information may help guide future studies and clinical care of patients with lipid emulsion-associated liver dysfunction.
Keywords: lipid emulsions; gas chromatography; cholesterol; squalene; phytosterols; sterols
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Xu, Z.; Harvey, K.A.; Pavlina, T.; Dutot, G.; Hise, M.; Zaloga, G.P.; Siddiqui, R.A. Steroidal Compounds in Commercial Parenteral Lipid Emulsions. Nutrients 2012, 4, 904-921.
Xu Z, Harvey KA, Pavlina T, Dutot G, Hise M, Zaloga GP, Siddiqui RA. Steroidal Compounds in Commercial Parenteral Lipid Emulsions. Nutrients. 2012; 4(8):904-921.
Xu, Zhidong; Harvey, Kevin A.; Pavlina, Thomas; Dutot, Guy; Hise, Mary; Zaloga, Gary P.; Siddiqui, Rafat A. 2012. "Steroidal Compounds in Commercial Parenteral Lipid Emulsions." Nutrients 4, no. 8: 904-921.