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I. Frequently Asked Questions about Fatty Acid Metabolism

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Synthesis vs. Beta-Oxidation: Answer

What are the differences between fatty acid synthesis and beta-oxidation?

The two processes are superficially the reverse of one another. There are, however, several important differences, allowing for differential control, with one process inhibited while the other is stimulated.

Fatty Acid Synthesis and Beta Oxidation Compared
Synthesis Beta-Oxidation
cytoplasm mitochondria
multifunctional enzyme separate enzymes
Energy requirement:
49 ATP equivalents
Energy yield:
33 ATP equivalents
Acetyl CoA carboxylase
Acetyl CoA availability


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