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Antitumour, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant and Antiacetylcholinesterase Effect of Ganoderma Lucidum Terpenoids and Polysaccharides: A Review

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Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Maribor, SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenia
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Faculty of Medicine, University of Maribor, SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenia
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Molecules 2018, 23(3), 649; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23030649
Received: 20 February 2018 / Revised: 6 March 2018 / Accepted: 9 March 2018 / Published: 13 March 2018
Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) is a popular medicinal mushroom and has been used in oriental medicine because of its promoting effects on health and life expectancy. G. lucidum contains various compounds with a high grade of biological activty, which increase the immunity and show antitumour, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activity. Several of these substances belong to the triterpenoids and polysaccharides classes. Proteins, lipids, phenols, sterols, etc. are also present. In the present review, an extensive overview of the presence of antitumour, antimicrobial, antioxidant and antiacetylcholinesterase compounds in G. lucidum extracts will be given, along with an evaluation of their therapeutic effects. View Full-Text
Keywords: biological activity; triterpenoids; polyscaccharides; G. lucidum biological activity; triterpenoids; polyscaccharides; G. lucidum
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Cör, D.; Knez, Ž.; Knez Hrnčič, M. Antitumour, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant and Antiacetylcholinesterase Effect of Ganoderma Lucidum Terpenoids and Polysaccharides: A Review. Molecules 2018, 23, 649.

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