L-Carnitine

Authored by: Jean Demarquoy , Caroline Rigault , Françoise Le. Borgne

Handbook of Analysis of Active Compounds in Functional Foods

Print publication date:  January  2012
Online publication date:  January  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439815885
eBook ISBN: 9781439815908
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b11653-6

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Abstract

l-Carnitine (LCAR) is mainly known as a compound essential for the production of energy from fat. LCAR is a cofactor for several enzymes implicated in various metabolic pathways involving fatty acids such as the mitochondrial and the peroxisomal oxidation of fatty acids and the regulation of the pool of coenzyme A (CoA). LCAR is also involved in the acetylation of proteins and the scavenging of free radicals. Due to this implication in critical pathways, LCAR can be regarded as an important compound.

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