Simplified version of the steroid synthesis pathway with the intermediates isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP), dimethylallyl pyrophosphate (DMAPP), geranyl pyrophosphate (GPP) and squalene shown. Some intermediates are omitted. Please note the color scheme is for illustration only and does not correctly represent the origins of the isoprene units of GPP.
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