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V. De novo Synthesis of Fatty Acids

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Fatty acid synthesis is the process of combining eight two-carbon fragments (acetyl groups from acetyl CoA) to form a 16-carbon saturated fatty acid, palmitate.

Palmitate can then be modified to give rise to the other fatty acids. These modifications may include:


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