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'''''beta''-Hydroxybutyric acid''' (''beta''-hydroxybutyrate or 3-hydroxybutyric acid) is a [[ketone body]]. It is a [[chiral]] compound having two [[enantiomers]], D-3-hydroxybutyric acid and L-3-hydroxybutyric acid. Like the other ketone bodies ([[acetoacetate]] and [[acetone]]), levels of ''beta''-hydroxybutyrate are raised in [[ketosis]]. In humans, ''beta''-hydroxybutyrate is synthesized in the [[liver]] from [[acetyl-CoA]], and can be used as an energy source by the brain when blood [[glucose]] is low.
 
'''''beta''-Hydroxybutyric acid''' (''beta''-hydroxybutyrate or 3-hydroxybutyric acid) is a [[ketone body]]. It is a [[chiral]] compound having two [[enantiomers]], D-3-hydroxybutyric acid and L-3-hydroxybutyric acid. Like the other ketone bodies ([[acetoacetate]] and [[acetone]]), levels of ''beta''-hydroxybutyrate are raised in [[ketosis]]. In humans, ''beta''-hydroxybutyrate is synthesized in the [[liver]] from [[acetyl-CoA]], and can be used as an energy source by the brain when blood [[glucose]] is low.
It can be used for the synthesis of [[biodegradable plastics]].
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style="background: #F8EABA; text-align: center;" colspan="2" Beta-Hydroxybutyric acid
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Identifiers
CAS number 300-85-6
PubChem 441
MeSH beta-Hydroxybutyrate
SMILES CC(O)CC(=O)O
Properties
Molecular formula C4H8O3
Molar mass 104.105
Hazards
style="background: #F8EABA; text-align: center;" colspan="2" Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

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The title of this article should be beta-Hydroxybutyric acid. The initial letter is capitalized due to technical restrictions.


beta-Hydroxybutyric acid (beta-hydroxybutyrate or 3-hydroxybutyric acid) is a ketone body. It is a chiral compound having two enantiomers, D-3-hydroxybutyric acid and L-3-hydroxybutyric acid. Like the other ketone bodies (acetoacetate and acetone), levels of beta-hydroxybutyrate are raised in ketosis. In humans, beta-hydroxybutyrate is synthesized in the liver from acetyl-CoA, and can be used as an energy source by the brain when blood glucose is low.


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