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Statins used for lowering blood cholesterol level are extracted from

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algae
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bacteria
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viruses
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yeast
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Solution

The correct option is D yeast
Statins are products of fermentation by yeast Monascus purpureus which resemble mevalovate and are competitive inhibitors of βhydroxyβmethylglutaryl or HMG CoA reductase.This inhibits cholesterol synthesis. Statins are, therefore, used in lowering blood cholesterol, e.g., lovastatin, pravastatin, simvastatin.

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