Beta-ketothiolase deficiency (mitochondrial acetoacetyl-CoA thiolase (T2) deficiency) is an inherited disease of isoleucine catabolism and ketone body utilization caused by ACAT1 mutations. We identified ten Indian patients who manifested with ketoacidotic episodes of variable severity. The patients showed increased urinary excretion of isoleucine-catabolic intermediates: 2-methyl-3-hydroxybutyrate, 2-methylacetoacetate, and tiglylglycine. Six patients had a favorable outcome, one died, and three developed neurodevelopmental sequela. Mutational analysis revealed a common (p.Met193Arg) and four novel (p.Ile323Thr, p.Ala215Asn, c.1012_1015dup, and c.730+1G>A) ACAT1mutations. Transient expression analyses of wild-type and mutant cDNA were performed at 30, 37, and 40°C. A p.Ile323Thr mutant T2 was detected with relative enzyme activity and protein amount of 20% and 25%, respectively, compared with wild type at 37°C; it was more prevalent at 30°C but ablated at 40°C. These findings showed that p.Ile323Thr had a significant residual T2 activity with temperature-sensitive instability. Neither residual enzymatic activity nor mutant T2 protein was identified in p.Met193Arg, p.Ala215Asn, and c.1012_1015dup mutations using supernatants; however, these mutant T2 proteins were detected in insoluble pellets by immunoblot analysis. Expression analyses confirmed pathogenicity of these mutations. T2 deficiency has a likely high incidence in India and p.Met193Arg may be a common mutation in the Indian population.