Cholesteryl ester, a dietary lipid, is an ester of cholesterol. The ester bond is formed between the carboxylate group of a fatty acid and the hydroxyl group of cholesterol. Cholesteryl esters have a lower solubility in water due to their increased hydrophobicity. They are hydrolyzed by pancreatic enzymes, cholesterol esterase, to produce cholesterol and free fatty acids. They are associated with atherosclerosis.
- Cholesterylester transfer protein
- Cholesteryl ester storage disease
- Acyl CoA Cholesteryl Acyl Transferase (ACAT)
- Lecithin—cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT)
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- Cholesterol Esters at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)