Chenodeoxycholic acid is a bile acid, a white crystalline substance insoluble in water, with melting point at 165-167 °C. Its salt is called chenodeoxycholate. Chenodeoxycholic acid is one of the 4 main acids produced by the liver. It is soluble in alcohol and acetic acid. more...
Chenodeoxycholic acid is also called chenodiol, 3α,7α-dihydroxy-5β-cholanic acid, and 5β-cholanic acid-3α,7α-diol. Its summary chemical formula is C24H40O4.
Chenodeoxycholic acid is synthetized in the liver from cholesterol.
Chenodeoxycholic acid and cholic acid are the most important human bile acids. Some other mammals synthetize predominantly deoxycholic acid.
Its CAS number is 474-25-9 and its SMILES structure is C34 (CC4 (CCC(O)=O)C) ()2() (O)C1 ()C(O) CC(C)1 ()2CC3.
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