Plant Bioactive Metabolites and Drugs Produced by Endophytic Fungi of Spermatophyta
AbstractIt is known that plant-based ethnomedicine represented the foundation of modern pharmacology and that many pharmaceuticals are derived from compounds occurring in plant extracts. This track still stimulates a worldwide investigational activity aimed at identifying novel bioactive products of plant origin. However, the discovery that endophytic fungi are able to produce many plant-derived drugs has disclosed new horizons for their availability and production on a large scale by the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, following the path traced by the blockbuster drug taxol, an increasing number of valuable compounds originally characterized as secondary metabolites of plant species belonging to the Spermatophyta have been reported as fermentation products of endophytic fungal strains. Aspects concerning sources and bioactive properties of these compounds are reviewed in this paper. View Full-Text
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Nicoletti, R.; Fiorentino, A. Plant Bioactive Metabolites and Drugs Produced by Endophytic Fungi of Spermatophyta. Agriculture 2015, 5, 918-970.
Nicoletti R, Fiorentino A. Plant Bioactive Metabolites and Drugs Produced by Endophytic Fungi of Spermatophyta. Agriculture. 2015; 5(4):918-970.Chicago/Turabian Style
Nicoletti, Rosario; Fiorentino, Antonio. 2015. "Plant Bioactive Metabolites and Drugs Produced by Endophytic Fungi of Spermatophyta." Agriculture 5, no. 4: 918-970.