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StatusDetected and Quantified
Creation Date2005-11-16 15:48:42 UTC
Update Date2018-05-20 09:43:26 UTC
Secondary Accession Numbers
  • HMDB00227
Metabolite Identification
Common NameMevalonic acid
DescriptionMevalonic acid is a key organic compound in biochemistry. It is a precursor in the biosynthetic pathway, known as the HMG-CoA reductase pathway, that produces terpenes and steroids. Mevalonate is produced by NADPH from 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl CoA via reduction. This reaction occurs in the cytosol. It is the committed step in cholesterol synthesis, -- Wikipedia The production of mevalonic acid (MVA) by the enzyme 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, is the rate-limiting step in the biosynthesis of cholesterol. (Jemal et. al, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 2003, 17:1715) Plasma concentrations and urinary excretion of MVA are decreased by HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor drugs such as pravastatin, simvastatin and atorvastatin. Naoumova RP, Marais AD, Mountney J, Firth JC, Rendell NB, Taylor GW, Thompson GR. Atherosclerosis 1996; 119: 203.
DL-Mevalonic acidChEBI
RS-Mevalonic acidChEBI
(3Rs)-Mevalonic acidHMDB
2,4-Dideoxy-3-C-methylpentonic acidHMDB
3,5-Dihydroxy-3-methyl-valeric acidHMDB
3,5-Dihydroxy-3-methylpentanoic acidHMDB
3,5-Dihydroxy-3-methylvaleric acidHMDB
b,D-Dihydroxy-b-methylvaleric acidHMDB
b,D-Dihydroxy-beta-methylvaleric acidHMDB
Hiochic acidHMDB
Acid, mevalonicMeSH
Chemical FormulaC6H12O4
Average Molecular Weight148.1571
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight148.073558872
IUPAC Name3,5-dihydroxy-3-methylpentanoic acid
Traditional NameDL-mevalonic acid
CAS Registry Number150-97-0
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
DescriptionThis compound belongs to the class of organic compounds known as hydroxy fatty acids. These are fatty acids in which the chain bears a hydroxyl group.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassLipids and lipid-like molecules
ClassFatty Acyls
Sub ClassFatty acids and conjugates
Direct ParentHydroxy fatty acids
Alternative Parents
  • Branched fatty acid
  • Hydroxy fatty acid
  • Short-chain hydroxy acid
  • Methyl-branched fatty acid
  • Tertiary alcohol
  • Carboxylic acid derivative
  • Carboxylic acid
  • Monocarboxylic acid or derivatives
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Organic oxide
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonyl group
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Primary alcohol
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic acyclic compounds
External Descriptors
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Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting Point24 - 27 °CNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water SolubilityNot AvailableNot Available
LogPNot AvailableNot Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility414 g/LALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)4.38ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)-2.4ChemAxon
Physiological Charge-1ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count4ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count3ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area77.76 ŲChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count4ChemAxon
Refractivity34.51 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
Polarizability14.54 ųChemAxon
Number of Rings0ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterYesChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash Key
Predicted GC-MSPredicted GC-MS Spectrum - GC-MS (Non-derivatized) - 70eV, Positivesplash10-0f79-9400000000-875fe9eef6c0fc4dbd86View in MoNA
Predicted GC-MSPredicted GC-MS Spectrum - GC-MS (3 TMS) - 70eV, Positivesplash10-00bj-9372000000-2a6b263d37306947c327View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 10V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-0002-2900000000-d1dc97020c103f2a916bView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 25V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-014i-9000000000-b4dc45e964aee6759d93View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 40V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-014i-9100000000-98f7e8ee013680f4f610View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Positivesplash10-01q9-1900000000-0bb212794cd101490acdView in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Positivesplash10-01q1-9800000000-95e2c177f1ee0c9cd312View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Positivesplash10-02g9-9200000000-f5d0630f14fa9249d4c9View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Negativesplash10-0f92-2900000000-8b015723cd087b29e974View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Negativesplash10-0002-9800000000-93639d7d95cd6690d44dView in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Negativesplash10-0a4s-9100000000-094b07bf98ce319b4824View in MoNA
1D NMR1H NMR SpectrumNot AvailableView in JSpectraViewer
2D NMR[1H,13C] 2D NMR SpectrumNot AvailableView in JSpectraViewer
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Endoplasmic reticulum
  • Peroxisome
Biospecimen Locations
  • Blood
  • Feces
  • Urine
Tissue Location
  • Fibroblasts
  • Liver
  • Lymphocyte
Normal Concentrations
BloodDetected and Quantified0.028 +/- 0.006 uMAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
BloodDetected and Quantified0.043 +/- 0.013 uMAdult (>18 years old)MaleNormal
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BloodDetected and Quantified0.026(0.013-0.042) uMInfant (0-1 year old)Not SpecifiedNormal details
FecesDetected but not Quantified Adult (>18 years old)Both
UrineDetected and Quantified0.160 (0.0800-0.300) umol/mmol creatinineInfant (0-1 year old)Not SpecifiedNormal details
UrineDetected and Quantified0.14 (0.06-0.22) umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
UrineDetected and Quantified0.5 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
UrineDetected and Quantified0.0531 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
UrineDetected and Quantified0.178 (0.0515-0.545) umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
Abnormal Concentrations
BloodDetected and Quantified0.012 +/- 0.002 uMAdult (>18 years old)BothSmith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome details
BloodDetected and Quantified70-540 uMInfant (0-1 year old)BothMevalonic aciduria details
BloodDetected and Quantified20-140 uMChildren (1-13 years old)BothMevalonic aciduria details
UrineDetected and Quantified2100-56000 umol/mmol creatinineInfant (0-1 year old)BothMevalonic aciduria details
UrineDetected and Quantified900-14500 umol/mmol creatinineChildren (1-13 years old)BothMevalonic aciduria details
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease References
Mevalonic aciduria
  1. Hoffmann GF, Charpentier C, Mayatepek E, Mancini J, Leichsenring M, Gibson KM, Divry P, Hrebicek M, Lehnert W, Sartor K, et al.: Clinical and biochemical phenotype in 11 patients with mevalonic aciduria. Pediatrics. 1993 May;91(5):915-21. [PubMed:8386351 ]
Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome
  1. Honda M, Tint GS, Honda A, Salen G, Shefer S, Batta AK, Matsuzaki Y, Tanaka N: Regulation of cholesterol biosynthetic pathway in patients with the Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome. J Inherit Metab Dis. 2000 Jul;23(5):464-74. [PubMed:10947201 ]
Associated OMIM IDs
DrugBank IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
FoodDB IDFDB005126
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID436
KEGG Compound IDC00418
BiGG ID34923
Wikipedia LinkMevalonic acid
PubChem Compound449
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI ID25351
Synthesis ReferenceTakahara, Kenji; Nakamura, Yoshio; Ohashi, Takehisa; Watanabe, Kiyoshi. Fermentative production of mevalonic acid. Jpn. Kokai Tokkyo Koho (1985), 4 pp.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Download (PDF)
General References
  1. Houten SM, Kuis W, Duran M, de Koning TJ, van Royen-Kerkhof A, Romeijn GJ, Frenkel J, Dorland L, de Barse MM, Huijbers WA, Rijkers GT, Waterham HR, Wanders RJ, Poll-The BT: Mutations in MVK, encoding mevalonate kinase, cause hyperimmunoglobulinaemia D and periodic fever syndrome. Nat Genet. 1999 Jun;22(2):175-7. [PubMed:10369261 ]
  2. Hoffmann G, Gibson KM, Brandt IK, Bader PI, Wappner RS, Sweetman L: Mevalonic aciduria--an inborn error of cholesterol and nonsterol isoprene biosynthesis. N Engl J Med. 1986 Jun 19;314(25):1610-4. [PubMed:3012338 ]
  3. Dmitrieva NA, Perrun'kina AM, Khomulo PS: [Determination of mevalonic acid in the urine and its concentration in the urine of patients with atherosclerosis]. Vopr Med Khim. 1968 Jan-Feb;14(1):106-8. [PubMed:5683362 ]
  4. Larson RA, Chung J, Scanu AM, Yachnin S: Neutrophils are required for the DNA synthetic response of human lymphocytes to mevalonic acid: evidence suggesting that a nonsterol product of mevalonate is involved. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1982 May;79(9):3028-32. [PubMed:6953445 ]
  5. Siavoshian S, Simoneau C, Maugeais P, Marks L, Rodary L, Gardette J, Krempf M: Measurement of mevalonic acid in human urine by bench top gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Clin Chim Acta. 1995 Dec 29;243(2):129-36. [PubMed:8747489 ]
  6. Mitchell ED Jr, Avigan J: Control of phosphorylation and decarboxylation of mevalonic acid and its metabolites in cultured human fibroblasts and in rat liver in vivo. J Biol Chem. 1981 Jun 25;256(12):6170-3. [PubMed:6263908 ]
  7. Abrar M, Martin PD: Validation and application of an assay for the determination of mevalonic acid in human plasma by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2002 Jun 25;773(2):103-11. [PubMed:12031835 ]
  8. Haas D, Kelley RI, Hoffmann GF: Inherited disorders of cholesterol biosynthesis. Neuropediatrics. 2001 Jun;32(3):113-22. [PubMed:11521206 ]
  9. Larson RA, Kluskens LE, Yachnin S: The DNA synthetic response of normal and abnormal human lymphocytes to mevalonic acid: the role of granulocytes as a helper population. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1984 Sep;74(3 Pt 1):280-90. [PubMed:6236250 ]
  10. Larson RA, Yachnin S: Mevalonic acid induces DNA synthesis in chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells. Blood. 1984 Jul;64(1):257-62. [PubMed:6610447 ]
  11. Parker TS, McNamara DJ, Brown CD, Kolb R, Ahrens EH Jr, Alberts AW, Tobert J, Chen J, De Schepper PJ: Plasma mevalonate as a measure of cholesterol synthesis in man. J Clin Invest. 1984 Sep;74(3):795-804. [PubMed:6565710 ]
  12. Hoffmann GF, Sweetman L, Bremer HJ, Hunneman DH, Hyanek J, Kozich V, Lehnert W, Nyhan WL, Speidel I, Trefz FK, et al.: Facts and artefacts in mevalonic aciduria: development of a stable isotope dilution GCMS assay for mevalonic acid and its application to physiological fluids, tissue samples, prenatal diagnosis and carrier detection. Clin Chim Acta. 1991 May 15;198(3):209-27. [PubMed:1653652 ]
  13. Jemal M, Schuster A, Whigan DB: Liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry methods for quantitation of mevalonic acid in human plasma and urine: method validation, demonstration of using a surrogate analyte, and demonstration of unacceptable matrix effect in spite of use of a stable isotope analog internal standard. Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 2003;17(15):1723-34. [PubMed:12872277 ]
  14. Lindenthal B, von Bergmann K: Urinary excretion and serum concentration of mevalonic acid during acute intake of alcohol. Metabolism. 2000 Jan;49(1):62-6. [PubMed:10647065 ]


General function:
Involved in hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA reductase (NADPH) activity
Specific function:
Transmembrane glycoprotein that is the rate-limiting enzyme in cholesterol biosynthesis as well as in the biosynthesis of nonsterol isoprenoids that are essential for normal cell function including ubiquinone and geranylgeranyl proteins.
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Involved in ATP binding
Specific function:
May be a regulatory site in cholesterol biosynthetic pathway.
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