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Details for Patent: 4,420,491

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Details for Patent: 4,420,491

Title: Hypocholesteremic fermentation products and process of preparation
Abstract:Substances isolated after cultivation of a microorganism belonging to the genus Aspergillus in a culture medium comprise compounds which have structures: ##STR1## Together with salts and esters of the carboxylic acid, these compounds form a class of highly active hypocholesteremic and hypolipemic medicaments.
Inventor(s): Albers-Schonberg; George (Princeton, NJ), Joshua; Henry (Staten Island, NY), Lopez; Maria B. (Elizabeth, NJ)
Assignee: Merck & Co., Inc. (Rahway, NJ)
Filing Date:May 28, 1981
Application Number:06/267,972
Claims:1. The compound: ##STR6## in substantially pure form or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or a lower alkyl ester or a substituted lower alkyl ester wherein the substituent is phenyl, dimethylamino, or acetylamino.

2. The pharmaceutically acceptable salts of the compound of claim 1, wherein the cation is derived from ammonia, ethylenediamine, N-methylglucamine, lysine, arginine or ornithine.

3. The ammonium salt of Compound II of claim 1.

4. The ethylenediamine salt of Compound II of claim 1.

5. The lower alkyl esters and substituted lower alkyl esters of the compounds of claim 1.

6. The ethyl ester of Compound II of claim 1.

7. An antihypercholesterolemic pharmaceutical composition comprising a pharmaceutical carrier and an effective antihypercholesterolemic amount of the compound: ##STR7## in substantially pure form or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or a lower alkyl ester or a substituted lower alkyl ester wherein the substituent is phenyl, dimethylamino, or acetylamino.

8. The composition of claim 7 wherein the compound is a pharmaceuticaly acceptable salt wherein the cation is derived from ammonia, ethylenediamine, N-methylglucamine, lysine, arginine or ornithine.

9. The composition of claim 7 wherein the compound is the ammonium salt of Compound II.

10. The composition of claim 7 wherein the compound is the ethylenediamine salt of Compound II.

11. The composition of claim 7 wherein the compound is a lower alkyl ester or substituted lower alkyl ester.

12. The composition of claim 7 wherein the compound is the ethyl ester of Compound II.
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