M4667 Sigma


~97% (titration)

Synonym: (±)-β-Hydroxy-β-methyl-δ-valerolactone, (±)-3-Hydroxy-3-methyl δ-valerolactone, DL-Mevalolactone, DL-Mevalonic acid lactone



Other Notes

May also be liquid!

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


1, 5, 10 g in glass bottle


(±)-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)

General description

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

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Safety Information

NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 
Flash Point(F) 
235.4 °F
Flash Point(C) 
113 °C

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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 26-28ºC, which is approximately room temperature.  Because of this, the product may arrive as a liquid, but if stored at -20ºC 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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Protocols & Articles


Cholesterol Biosynthesis

Cholesterol levels in the body come from two sources, dietary intake and biosynthesis. The majority of cholesterol utilized by healthy adults is synthesized in the liver, which produces ~70% of the t...
BioFiles 2007, 2.7, 3.
Keywords: Catalog, Catalysis, Decarboxylations, Metabolic Pathways, Oxidations, PAGE, Phosphorylations, Reductions

MSMLS Online Plate Map

Metabolite descriptors included with the software download upon purchase of the product include: Name, Parent CID, molecular formula, molecular weight, CAS, ChEBI, HMDB ID, PubChem Compound and Subst...
Keywords: Mass spectrometry, Metabolites

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