Biological and Biochemical Aspects of ML-236B (Compactin) and Monacolin K, Specific Competitive Inhibitors of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl Coenzyme A Reductase

  • Akira Endo
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In anticipation that plasma cholesterol levels may be lowered by inhibiting sterol synthesis in the liver, the major organ that supplies plasma cholesterol, studies aimed at identifying the specific inhibitors of cholesterol synthesis of microbial origin were started in my laboratory in 1971. Since then two novel compounds, ML-236B (compactin) and monacolin K, have been discovered and isolated as low-toxic, potent inhibitors of sterol synthesis from 14C acetate in a cell-free enzyme system of rat liver. This paper briefly reviews biological and biochemical data on these two compounds.


Cholesterol Synthesis Familial Hypercholesterolemia Plasma Cholesterol Level Sterol Synthesis Penicillium Citrinum 
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