Geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate

Geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate
IUPAC name
6699-20-3 YesY
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ChEBI CHEBI:48861 YesY
ChemSpider 394418 YesY
MeSH geranylgeranyl+pyrophosphate
PubChem 447277
Molar mass 450.45 g·mol−1
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Geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of some terpenes and terpenoids.[1] In plants it is also the precursor to carotenoids, gibberellins, tocopherols, and chlorophylls.

It is also a precursor to geranylgeranylated proteins, which is its primary use in human cells. [2]

In Drosophila, geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate is synthesised by HMG-CoA encoded by the Columbus gene. Geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate is utilised as a chemoattractant for migrating germ cells that have traversed the midgut epithelia. The attractant signal is produced at the gonadal precursors, directing the germ cells to these sites, where they will differentiate into ova (eggs) and spermatozoa (sperm).


  1. Cholesterol Synthesis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute]
  2. Wiemer, AJ; Wiemer, DF; Hohl, RJ (December 2011). "Geranylgeranyl diphosphate synthase: an emerging therapeutic target.". Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. 90 (6): 804–12. doi:10.1038/clpt.2011.215. PMID 22048229.
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