n20/D 1.494 (lit.)
285 °C/25 mmHg (lit.)
−75 °C (lit.)
0.858 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)
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Terpenes comprise the largest and most diverse class of secondary metabolites; approximately 55,000 compounds have been identified to date.
Biosynthesis of cholesterol generally takes place in the endoplasmic reticulum of hepatic cells and begins with acetyl- CoA, which is mainly derived from an oxidation reaction in the mitochondria. Acetyl-CoA and acetoacetyl-CoA are converted to 3-hydroxy- 3-methylglutaryl-CoA (HMG-CoA) by HMG-CoA synthase.