Bile acids are steroid acids found predominantly in the bile of mammals. They are produced in the liver by the oxidation of cholesterol, are stored in gall bladder, and secreted into the intestine in the form of salts, where they assist with the absorption and digestion of lipids. About half of the cholesterol produced in the body is used for bile acid synthesis.
Child Classes: muricholate (2)
Unification Links: ChEBI:3098
Reactions known to consume the compound:
Chiang08: Chiang YR, Ismail W, Heintz D, Schaeffer C, Van Dorsselaer A, Fuchs G (2008). "Study of anoxic and oxic cholesterol metabolism by Sterolibacterium denitrificans." J Bacteriol 190(3);905-14. PMID: 18039763
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