Journal of Industrial Microbiology

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 163–170 | Cite as

Secondary metabolites of the fungusMonascus: A review

  • P Jůzlová
  • L Martínková
  • V Křen


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.


Monascus pigments rubropunctatin monascorubrin rubropunctamine monascorubramine ankaflavin monascin mevinolin monacolin lovastatin ankalactone 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P Jůzlová
    • 1
  • L Martínková
    • 2
  • V Křen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Fermentation Chemistry and BioengineeringInstitute of Chemical TechnologyPrague 6Czech Republic
  2. 2.Laboratory of Biotransformation, Department of Biogenesis and Biotechnology of Natural Products, Institute of MicrobiologyCzech Academy of SciencesPrague 4Czech Republic

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