Ketone Bodies

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The ketone bodies acetoacetate and (R)-3-hydroxybutyrate (β-hydroxybutyrate) are catabolic products of free fatty acids produced during low glucose intake/availability. Ketogenesis, the production of ketone bodies, is mainly associated with starvation, type I diabetes, and certain weight loss regimens. Understanding the underlying chemistry of ketone body production can greatly enhance our understanding of various disease processes, including Alzheimer's disease, and lead to identification of new therapeutic compounds approved for use in human subjects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Food and Health
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780123849533
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2016

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  • Acetoacetate
  • Acetone
  • Atkins diet
  • Ketogenesis
  • Ketogenic diets
  • Ketolysis
  • Ketonuria
  • Rothera reaction
  • Starvation
  • β-Hydroxybutyrate


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