The lipid metabolism comprises the synthesis and degradation of lipids in cells. Fats are ingested as food (mainly as triglycerides and cholesterols) or synthesized by adipocytes or hepatocytes from carbohydrate precursors to serve as an energy source in a process called lipogenesis. Lipid metabolism also involves oxidizing fatty acids to either generate energy from storage fat in a process called lipolysis or synthesize new lipids from smaller constituent molecules.
Due to the hydrophobic nature of lipids, special proteins known as lipoproteins are required to transport them from where they are synthesized in the liver and intestine to peripheral tissues where they are utilized (e.g. membrane phospholipids) or stored.
PromoCell offer a wide range of assays and reagents to study the lipid & lipoprotein/cholesterol metabolism. Moreover, we supply a variety of fine chemicals/biochemicals useful e.g. as inhibitors of key metabolic enzymes.