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Glycerol is a simple alcohol composed of a 3 carbon chain with 3 associated hydroxyl groups. It may be esterified with:

  • fatty acids, to form mono-, di- or triglycerides
  • phosphoric acid and fatty acids, to form polar membrane lipids
  • sugar residues and fatty acids

Free plasma glycerol may be liberated by triglyceride breakdown during lipolysis. It is then able to enter cells to progress through either glycolysis or gluconeogenesis.

Last reviewed 01/2018

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