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Abstract— Phenyl and phenolic acids are known to inhibit metabolism of mevalonate in rat brain. The site of inhibition has been found to be mevalonate-5-pyrophosphate decarboxylase. Phenolic acids also inhibited mevalonate-5-phosphate kinase on preincubation. The kinetics showed that p-coumaric acid and isoferulic acid were competing with substrates, mevalonate-5-phosphate or mevalonate-5-pyre phosphate, whereas others showed an uncompetitive type of inhibition. Chlorophenoxyisobutyrate, a hypocholesterolaemic drug, had no effect on these enzymes. An improved method for the synthesis of mevalonate-5-phosphate and mevalonate-5-pyrophosphate, labeled at carbon-1, is described.