New Monascus metabolites: structure elucidation and toxicological properties studied with immortalized human kidney epithelial cells.

@article{Knecht2006NewMM,
  title={New Monascus metabolites: structure elucidation and toxicological properties studied with immortalized human kidney epithelial cells.},
  author={Anja Knecht and Benedict Cramer and H. -U. Humpf},
  journal={Molecular nutrition & food research},
  year={2006},
  volume={50 3},
  pages={314-21}
}
Monascus sp. are used for the production of red yeast rice, which has been applied in Asian food and medicine for centuries. The fungi form several secondary metabolites, among others the monascopyridines A and B. We have now detected two new monascopyridines (named C and D) with similar UV absorption spectra and maxima at 306-307 nm in red rice fermented with M. purpureus. The new monascopyridines have the same chromophores as the already known and differ in a missing gamma-lactone ring only… CONTINUE READING