The β-oxidation of an 18-carbon acid produces
The β-oxidation pathway for a saturated fatty acid is a four-step cycle.
Each pass through the cycle removes 2 carbon atoms and generates 1 molecule each of
The first seven passes through the cycle remove 14 carbon atoms and generate 7 molecules each of
In the eighth pass, the remaining 4 carbon atoms are converted to 2 molecules of
This makes a total of
The overall equation for the β-oxidation of