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(R)-Mevalonic acid lithium salt

≥93.0% (qNMR)

Lithium (R)-3,5-dihydroxy-3-methylpentanoate, Lithium (R)-3,5-dihydroxy-3-methylvalerate, R-MVA-Li
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≥93.0% (qNMR)

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[α]/D -26±3°, c = 0.1 in 0.1 M HCl (16 h)

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Mevalonic acid may be used as a reference material in assays for the separation or detection of mevalonic acid. Mevalonic acid is a precursor of isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP) and the mevalonate pathway which leads to isoprenoid biosynthesis. Mevalonic acid may be used as a substrate to identify and characterize mevalonate kinase(s).

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Mevalonic acid, is an intermediate in the mevalonate pathway, producing terpenes and steroids. This function provides treatment options metabolic disorders , R-mevalonate accumulates in patients with the autosomal recessively inherited mevalonic acidurias, an inborn error of cholesterol and nonsterol isoprene biosynthesis.


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Acute Tox. 4 Oral - Eye Irrit. 2

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11 - Combustible Solids



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Irina Buhaescu et al.
Clinical biochemistry, 40(9-10), 575-584 (2007-05-01)
Mevalonate pathway is an important metabolic pathway which plays a key role in multiple cellular processes by synthesizing sterol isoprenoids, such as cholesterol, and non-sterol isoprenoids, such as dolichol, heme-A, isopentenyl tRNA and ubiquinone. While extensively studied in regard with
S M Houten et al.
Cellular and molecular life sciences : CMLS, 60(6), 1118-1134 (2003-07-16)
Mevalonate kinase (MK) is an essential enzyme in the isoprenoid biosynthesis pathway which produces numerous biomolecules (isoprenoids) involved in a variety of cellular processes. The indispensability of MK and isoprenoid biosynthesis for human health is demonstrated by the identification of
A Scoppola et al.
Kidney international, 51(3), 908-912 (1997-03-01)
Mevalonic acid (mevalonate or MVA), is an obligate precursor in the biosynthetic pathway of cholesterol. It is partially metabolized by the kidneys and its plasma concentrations are an index of endogenous cholesterol synthesis. The aim of the present study was
Enantiomerically pure phosphonate analogues of cis- and trans-4-hydroxyprolines.
Cornforth, R. H., et al.
Tetrahedron, 18, 1351-1354 (1962)
G Hoffmann et al.
The New England journal of medicine, 314(25), 1610-1614 (1986-06-19)
A two-year-old boy presented with severe failure to thrive, developmental delay, anemia, hepatosplenomegaly, central cataracts, and dysmorphic features. Quantitative analyses of urinary organic acids revealed massive excretion of mevalonic acid, a metabolic precursor of cholesterol and nonsterol isoprenes: 46,000 to

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