Production of the secondary metabolites gamma-aminobutyric acid and monacolin K by Monascus.


gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), a hypotensive agent, and monacolin K, a cholesterol-lowering drug, can be produced by Monascus spp. Under optimal culture conditions, the products of fermentation using Monascus spp. may serve as a multi-functional dietary supplement and can prevent heart disease. In this study, Monascus purpureus CCRC 31615, the strain with… (More)