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~97% (titration)

DL-Mevalonic acid lactone, DL-Mevalolactone, (±)-β-Hydroxy-β-methyl-δ-valerolactone, (±)-3-Hydroxy-3-methyl δ-valerolactone
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~97% (titration)

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General description

Alkaline hydrolysis of mevalonolactone gives mevalonate. Mevalonate is a precursor of farnesyl and geranylgeranyl pyrophosphates. These pyrophosphates are required for protein prenylation.


(±)-Mevalonolactone is used to:
  • study the effect of statin on the prenylation of Ras and Rho GTPases
  • analyse the isoprenoid biosynthesis pathways in Listeria monocytogenes
  • study the the effects of statins on proliferation and migration of HUVECs (HGF-induced human umbilical vein endothelial cells)


1, 5, 10 g in glass bottle

Other Notes

Tandem Mass Spectrometry data independently generated by Scripps Center for Metabolomics is available to view or download in PDF. M4667.pdf Tested metabolites are featured on Scripps Center for Metabolomics METLIN Metabolite Database. To learn more, visit
May also be liquid!

Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

235.4 °F - closed cup

Flash Point(C)

113 °C - closed cup

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

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  5. Why did M4667, (±)-Mevalonolactone, arrive as a liquid?

    As noted on the Sigma Aldrich web page for product M4667, (±)-Mevalonolactone, this product "may also be a liquid."  The melting point for this chemical is 26-28°C, which is approximately room temperature.  Because of this, the product may arrive as a liquid, but if stored at -20°C it should return to a solid/semi-solid state.  This product does not arrive in solution and will not have a concentration value.

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The effects of different types of statins on proliferation and migration of HGF-induced Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVECs).
Burgazli KM
European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, 17, 2874-2883 (2013)
Analysis of the isoprenoid biosynthesis pathways in Listeria monocytogenes reveals a role for the alternative 2-C-methyl-D-erythritol 4-phosphate pathway in murine infection.
Begley M
Infection and Immunity, 76, 5392-5401 (2008)
Coenzyme Q 10 production in recombinant Escherichia coli strains engineered with a heterologous decaprenyl diphosphate synthase gene and foreign mevalonate pathway.
Zahiri HS
Metabolic engineering, 8, 406-416 (2006)
Russell P Swift et al.
PLoS pathogens, 16(2), e1008316-e1008316 (2020-02-15)
Malaria parasites rely on a plastid organelle for survival during the blood stages of infection. However, the entire organelle is dispensable as long as the isoprenoid precursor, isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP), is supplemented in the culture medium. We engineered parasites to
Jenna Waldron et al.
Annals of clinical biochemistry, 48(Pt 3), 223-232 (2011-03-01)
Mevalonic acid (MVA) is synthesized at an early and rate-limiting step in the biosynthesis of cholesterol by the enzyme hydroxymethylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, and is a useful measure of statin efficacy or treatment. A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)


Cholesterol Biosynthesis

Biosynthesis of cholesterol generally takes place in the endoplasmic reticulum of hepatic cells and begins with acetyl- CoA, which is mainly derived from an oxidation reaction in the mitochondria. Acetyl-CoA and acetoacetyl-CoA are converted to 3-hydroxy- 3-methylglutaryl-CoA (HMG-CoA) by HMG-CoA synthase.

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