mevalonic acid(redirected from Dihydroxymethylvalerolactone, 3-methyl-3,5-dihydroxy valerate)
Also found in: Encyclopedia.
mev·a·lon·ic ac·id(mev'ă-lon'ik as'id),
Precursor of squalene, steroids, terpenes, and dolichol.
mevalonic acidA molecular precursor of endogenous biomolecules formed in the mevalonate pathway, which produces terpenes and steroids (e.g., cholesterol, coenzyme Q and carotenoids).
mevalonic acidA molecular precursor of many endogenous molecules–eg, cholesterol, coenzyme Q, carotenoids, dolichol, steroids, and terpenes
a step in the synthesis of cholesterol in the body. It is the rate of synthesis limiting step and the site of dietary control.