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Ketone Bodies

  1. Beatrice Morio1,
  2. Robert R Wolfe2

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003819



How to Cite

Morio, B. and Wolfe, R. R. 2005. Ketone Bodies. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Unité Métabolismes Protéique et Energétique, Clermont-Ferrand, France

  2. 2

    University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

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Ketone bodies are water-soluble equivalents of fatty acids. They can substitute for glucose when glucose becomes limited in physiological and pathological states.


  • ketone bodies;
  • malonyl-CoA;
  • ketoacidosis