Journal of Industrial Microbiology

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 163–170

Secondary metabolites of the fungusMonascus: A review

Authors

  • P Jůzlová
    • Department of Fermentation Chemistry and BioengineeringInstitute of Chemical Technology
  • L Martínková
    • Laboratory of Biotransformation, Department of Biogenesis and Biotechnology of Natural Products, Institute of MicrobiologyCzech Academy of Sciences
  • V Křen
    • Laboratory of Biotransformation, Department of Biogenesis and Biotechnology of Natural Products, Institute of MicrobiologyCzech Academy of Sciences
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01569999

Cite this article as:
Jůzlová, P., Martínková, L. & Křen, V. Journal of Industrial Microbiology (1996) 16: 163. doi:10.1007/BF01569999

Abstract

This review deals with polyketides produced by the filamentous fungusMonascus which include: 1) a group of yellow, orange and red pigments, 2) a group of antihypercholesterolemic agents including mevinolin and related compounds and 3) the newly discovered metabolite ankalactone. Biosynthesis, methods of production, isolation and biological activities of these secondary metabolites are discussed.

Keywords

Monascuspigmentsrubropunctatinmonascorubrinrubropunctaminemonascorubramineankaflavinmonascinmevinolinmonacolinlovastatinankalactone

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