Mevalonic acid

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Mevalonic acid
Mevalonic acid
Chemical name 3,5-dihydroxy-3-methylpentanoic acid
Chemical formula C6H12O4
Molecular mass 148.16 g/mol
CAS number [150-97-0]
Density ? g/cm3
Melting point ? °C
Boiling point ? °C
SMILES C[C@@](O)(CCO)CC(=O)O
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Mevalonic acid is a key organic compound in biochemistry. It is a precursor in the biosynthetic pathway, known as the HMG-CoA reductase pathway, that produces terpenes and steroids.

Mevalonic acid is very soluble in water and in polar organic solvents. It exists in equilibrium with the lactone, called mevalolactone, formed by internal condensation of its terminal alcohol and carboxylic acid functional groups.


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