beta oxidation

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beta oxidation

[′bād·ə äks·ə′dā·shən]
(biochemistry)
Catabolism of fatty acids in which the fatty acid chain is shortened by successive removal of two carbon fragments from the carboxyl end of the chain.
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The enzymes for the b-oxidation oflong- to mediumchain fatty acids (C-18 to C-12) are located close to the inner mitochondrial membrane, they are: very-longchain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase, long-chain enoyl-CoA hydratase, long-chain L 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase and long-chain 3-ketoacyl-CoA thiolase.