Membrane-Bound Hydroxymethylglutaryl Coenzyme a Reductase

  • B. Hamprecht
  • K. R. Bruckdorfer
  • C. Nüßler
  • F. Lynen
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 14)


Cholesterol can be formed from acetate via a large number of enzymatic steps (Fig. 1). Some of the more important intermediates are acetyl-CoA, 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA), mevalonate and squalene. The enzyme, which catalyzes the rate limiting reaction of this sequence is 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase (E.C.; HMG-CoA reductase). It enables the reduction of the thioester bonding in HMG-CoA to the primary alcohol function of mevalonate by using two molecules of NADPH as reductant (Fig. 2). This enzyme has first been discovered in yeast (1). As it catalyzes the slowest reaction of the whole sequence from acetyl coenzyme A to cholesterol, it is the object of intensive research in those groups, who are interested in the mechanism of regulation of hepatic cholesterogenesis.

Fig. 1

Enzymatic steps from acetate to cholesterol


Bile Acid Thioester Bonding Allosteric Enzyme HYDROXYMETHYLGLUTARYL Coenzyme Tridecanoic Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Hamprecht
    • 1
  • K. R. Bruckdorfer
    • 1
  • C. Nüßler
    • 1
  • F. Lynen
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für ZellchemieMünchenGermany

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