Muricholic acid

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Muricholic acids are a group of bile acids found as one of the main forms in mice, which gives them their name, and at low concentrations in other species.[1] Muricholic acids differ from the more common bile acids, such as cholic acid or chenodeoxycholic acid, by having a hydroxyl group at the 6-position. They are detectable at low concentrations in human urine.[2]

The three major bile acids in germ-free mice are cholic acid, α-muricholic, and β-muricholic acids.[3] In conventional mice, ω-muricholic acid, and various sulfated forms are also found. Conjugation with taurine (to give tauro-murocholic acids) or glycine (to give gly-murocholic acids) takes place in the liver before secretion.

Tauro-muricholic acids were shown to be potent antagonists of the bile acid receptor farnesoid X receptor (FXR).[4]

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