squalene synthase

squa·lene syn·thase

an enzyme that catalyzes the formation of squalene from two molecules of farnesylpyrophosphate using NADPH and concomitant production of two molecules of pyrophosphate.
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Squalene synthase acts more distally than HMGCoA-reductase (the target of statins) in the biosynthesis of cholesterol.
Another non-alkaloidal enzyme, squalene synthase, was also partially purified from a membrane-rich fraction obtained from cell suspension cultures of T.
Squalene synthase from cell suspension cultures of Tabernaemontana divaricata.
Inhibition of cholesterol synthesis by squalene synthase inhibitors does not induce myotoxicity in vitro.
Lanosterot 14alpha-demethylase (CYP51), NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase and squalene synthase in spermatogenesis: late spermatids of the rat express proteins needed to synthesize follicular fluid meiosis activating sterol.
To thwart this protozoan, researchers have targeted squalene synthase, an enzyme that T.
Urbina of the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research in Caracas and his colleagues used the chemical BPQ--for 3-Coiphenyl-4-yl)-quinuclidine--which is known to inhibit squalene synthase.
When its squalene synthase is disabled, Urbina says, "the parasite has no way to compensate.