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Why are ketone bodies needed?

Ketone bodies are used as a source of energy. The brain cannot directly receive fatty acids from the blood. It must accept in the form of ketone bodies and convert them into acetyl CoA, which can turn into long chain fatty acids.


What enzyme is the liver lacking that disqualifies it as a user of Ketone bodies?

B-ketoacyl-CoA transferase.


Under what conditions do we use ketone bodies as a source of energy?

Starvation, low carbohydrate/High protein diets.

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