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Cholesterol metabolism

Cholesterol is essential for life - it's a required for the regulation of membrane fluidity. Cholesterol also serves as a precursor for many other biochemical pathways. Cholesterol is synthesized throughout the body but mainly in liver, intestines, adrenal glands and reproductive organs. Synthesis starts with the combination of Acetyl-CoA and Acetoacetyl-CoA. An important intemediary in the synthesis of cholesterol is mevalonate. Synthesis of cholesterol is regulated by a homeostatic mechanism.

from WikiPathways source record: WP632
Type: pathway
Taxonomic scope
organism-specific biosystem

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