Fat Metabolism

Fat Metabolism

In this webinar, we will cover fat metabolism, which includes beta oxidation and the synthesis of ketone bodies. Beta oxidation occurs in a starved state and when the body has run out of glucose stores to metabolize.  Ketone bodies also result from a starved state. We will review how and when ketone bodies come about.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Predict how many cycles of beta-oxidation a fatty acid will require and the steps following

  • Recognize ketone bodies and predict their effect on the body


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • Beta-oxidation, its general steps and regulation

  • Fat metabolism in relation to other metabolic pathways

  • Ketone bodies, their functions and connection with fat metabolism


On the MCAT

  • Metabolic pathways are high-yield topics on the MCAT and beta-oxidation is more often asked about than synthesis, though both are fair game.

  • Ketone bodies are easier than you think if you know the basic properties!

  • Organic chem and gen chem may find their way into questions about this topic.


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