Lovastatin Hydroxy Acid (sodium salt)

Cayman Chemical Item Number 10010339

(CAS 75225-51-3)

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Hydroxymethylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase is the rate-limiting enzyme in the cholesterol biosynthetic pathway and the target of the `statin' class of cholesterol-lowering drugs.1 Lovastatin is a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor that was initially isolated from Aspergillus terreus.2 Marketed as Mevinolin™, Mevacor™, and under several other trade names, lovastatin was the first HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor to be used in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia. It is a competitive inhibitor of HMG-CoA with a Ki value of 0.6 nM for the open ring hydroxy acid form of the molecule.3 During a three week study in dogs, a dose of 8 mg/kg per day resulted in a 29% reduction in plasma cholesterol.3 Lovastatin also suppresses TNF-induced NF-κB activation (IC50 ~ 15 µM), which potentiates apoptosis in human myeloid leukemia cells and thus, may be useful in treating cancer.4

1. Tobert, J.A. Lovastatin and beyond: The history of the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. Nat Rev Drug Discov 2 517-526 (2003).

2. Endo, A. The discovery and development of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. J Lipid Res 33 1569-1582 (1992).

3. Alberts, A.W., Chen, J., Kuron, G., et al. Mevinolin: A highly potent competitive inhibitor of hydroxymethylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase and a cholesterol-lowering agent. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 77(7) 3957-3961 (1980).

4. Ahn, K.S., Sethi, G., and Aggarwal, B.B. Reversal of chemoresistance and enhancement of apoptosis by statins through down-regulation of the NF-κB pathway. Biochem Pharmacol 75 907-913 (2008).

Formal Name 2-​methyl-​1S,​2,​3R,​7S,​8S,​8aR-​hexahydro-​3,​7-​dimethyl-​8-​[2-​[(2R,​4R)-​tetrahydro-​4-​hydroxy-​6-​oxo-​2H-​pyran-​2-​yl]ethyl]-​1-​naphthalenyl ester,​ butanoic acid,​ monosodium salt
CAS Number 75225-51-3
Molecular Formula C24H37O6 · Na
Formula Weight 444.5
Formulation A crystalline solid
Purity ≥98%
λmax 231, 238, 246 nm
Stability 2 years
Storage -20°C
Shipping Room temperature in continental US; may vary elsewhere
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Size Price Quantity Subtotal
1 mg $29.00 $0.00
5 mg $80.00 $0.00
10 mg $108.00 $0.00
25 mg $250.00 $0.00
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