Volume 52 (1999) Issue 12 Pages 1101-1107
Streptomyces sp. WK-5344, a soil isolate, was found to produce structurally related inhibitors of cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP). New active compounds, designated ferroverdins B and C, were isolated along with known ferroverdin A from the fermentation broth by solvent extraction, ODS column chromatography and silica gel column chromatography. All ferroverdins showed a dose-dependent inhibitory activity against human CETP. The IC50 values were 21, 0.62 and 2.2 μM for ferroverdins A, B and C, respectively, indicating that ferroverdin B is one of the most potent CETP inhibitors of microbial origin.