Technical Data
Lovastatin (Mevilonin, MK-803, 6-alpha-Methylcompactin, BRN 3631989)
Biochemicals Storage: 4C/-20CShipping: Blue Ice
Statin compound. Potent competitive HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor. Anti-hypercholesterolemic agent. Cholesterol/isoprenoid biosynthesis inhibitor. Blocks the production of mevalonate, a critical compound in the production of cholesterol and isoprenoids. Inhibits the isoprenylation of Ras and Rho family GTPases. Causes cell cycle arrest in G1 and G2/M phases through modulation of proteasome in cancer cell lines. Smooth muscle cell proliferation inhibitor. Apoptosis inducer. Anticancer compound. Anti-adhesive, immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory compound. Stimulates bone formation. Increases cellular resistance to anticancer agents such as doxorubicin and etoposide. Suppresses ICAM-1-LFA-1 interactions, which blocks virus replication and infection. Anti-hypertensive agent. Suppresses TNF-induced NF-kappaB activation. Modulates key cell signaling pathways, like Ras, MAPK and EGFR (modest).

Storage and Stability:
Short-term Storage: +4C
Long-term Storage: -20C
Stable for at least 2 years after receipt when stored at -20C.

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Purity: >98% (HPLC)

Important Note: This product as supplied is intended for research use only, not for use in human, therapeutic or diagnostic applications without the expressed written authorization of United States Biological.
Product Reference:
Mevinolin: a highly potent competitive inhibitor of hydroxymethylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase and a cholesterol-lowering agent: A.W. Alberts, et al.; PNAS 77, 3957 (1980)
All ras proteins are polyisoprenylated but only some are palmitoylated: J.F. Hancock, et al.; Cell 57, 1167 (1989)
Cell cycle-specific effects of lovastatin: M. Jakobisiak, et al.; PNAS 88, 3628 (1991)
Inhibition of proliferation of human smooth muscle cells by various HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors; comparison with other human cell types: P. Negre-Aminou, et al.; Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1345, 259 (1997)
Lovastatin-induced inhibition of HL-60 cell proliferation via cell cycle arrest and apoptosis: W.H. Park, et al.; Anticancer Res. 19, 3133 (1999)
Statins as a newly recognized type of immunomodulator: B. Kwak, et al.; Nat. Med. 6, 1399 (2000)
Lovastatin and simvastatin are modulators of the proteasome: C. Wojcik, et al.; Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol. 32, 957 (2000)
Statins and bone formation: I.R. Garrett, et al.; Curr. Pharm. Des. 7, 715 (2001)
The HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor lovastatin protects cells from the antineoplastic drugs doxorubicin and etoposide: R.V. Bardeleben, et al.; Int. J. Mol. Med. 10, 473 (2002)
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors as immunomodulators: potential use in transplant rejection: L.J. Raggatt & N.C. Partridge; Drugs 62, 2185 (2002) (Review)
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and the malignant cell: the statin family of drugs as triggers of tumor-specific apoptosis: W.W. Wong, et al.; Leukemia 16, 508 (2002)
The statins as anticancer agents: K.K. Chan, et al.; Clin. Cancer Res. 9,10 (2003)
Anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects of statins: L.M. Blanco-Colio, et al.; Kidney Int. 63, 12 (2003)
Statin compounds reduce human immunodeficiency virus type 1 replication by preventing the interaction between virion-associated host intercellular adhesion molecule 1 and its natural cell surface ligand LFA-1: J.F. Giguere & M.J. Tremblay; J. Virol. 78, 12062 (2004)
HMG CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) to treat Epstein-Barr virus-driven lymphoma: J.I. Cohen; Br. J. Cancer 92, 1593 (2005)
Beyond lipid lowering: the anti-hypertensive role of statins: V. Chopra, et al.; Cardiovasc. Drugs Ther. 21, 161 (2007)
Reversal of chemoresistance and enhancement of apoptosis by statins through down-regulation of the NF-kappaB pathway: K.S. Ahn, et al.; Biochem. Pharmacol. 75, 907 (2008)
Therapeutic Levels Of The Hydroxmethylglutaryl-Coenzyme A Reductase Inhibitor Lovastatin Activate Ras Signaling Via Phospholipase D2: K.J. Cho, et al.; Mol. Cell. Biol. 31, 1110 (2011)

Intended for research use only. Not for use in human, therapeutic, or diagnostic applications.