Mevalonic acid

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Mevalonic acid
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IUPAC name
(3R)-3,5-Dihydroxy-3-methylpentanoic acid
CAS number 150-97-0
ChemSpider 388367
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KEGG C00418
PubChem 439230
Molar mass 148.16 g·mol−1
Except where noted otherwise, data is given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Mevalonic acid (MVA) (derived from a contraction of dihydroxymethylvalerolactone) is a key organic compound in biochemistry. The anion of mevalonic acid, the predominant form in biological media, is known as mevalonate. This compound is of major pharmaceutical importance. Drugs, such as the statins, stop the production of mevalonate by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase.[1]


Mevalonic acid is very soluble in water and in polar organic solvents. It exists in equilibrium with the lactone, called mevalonolactone, formed by internal condensation of its terminal alcohol and carboxylic acid functional groups.


Mevalonic acid is a precursor in the biosynthetic pathway, known as the mevalonate pathway, that produces terpenes and steroids. Mevalonic acid is the primary precursor of isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP), that is in turn the basis for all terpenoids. Mevalonic acid is chiral and the (3R)-enantiomer is the only one that is biologically active.


  1. ^ Endo, A. (1992). "The discovery and development of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors". Journal of Lipid Research 33 (11): 1569–1582. PMID 1464741.