Lovastatin is a statin prodrug commonly used to combat hypercholesterolemia. Lovastatin inhibits HMG-CoA reductase, a significant enzyme involved in the cholesterol synthesis pathway. Lovastatin is insoluble in aqueous solution.
|Mechanism of Action||Lovastatin is an inhibitor of 3-hydroxy-3methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMG-CoA reductase), an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of HMG-CoA to mevalonate|
|Cancer Applications||Research has shown that statin drugs including lovastatin have been able to inhibit melanoma cell growth when high concentrations are used.|
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