Egyptian Pharmaceutical Journal

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 285--289

Fomitopsis officinalis mushroom: ancient gold mine of functional components and biological activities for modern medicine


Waill A Elkhateeb1, Ghoson M Daba1, Marwa O Elnahas1, Paul W Thomas2 
1 Department of Chemistry of Natural and Microbial Products, Pharmaceutical Industries Researches Division, National Research Centre, Giza, Egypt
2 Mycorrhizal Systems, Mycorrhizal Systems Ltd, Lancashire; Natural Science, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK

Correspondence Address:
PhD Waill A Elkhateeb
Department of Chemistry of Natural and Microbial Products, Pharmaceutical Industries Researches Division, National Research Centre, El Buhouth Street, Dokki, Giza 12311
Egypt

Polypore mushrooms have been used medicinally for thousands of years. Agarikon (Fomitopsis officinalis) is a medicinal polypore mushroom containing a host of pharmacologically active compounds that beneficially affect human health. Agarikon is known for its capability of producing various biologically active compounds with medical applications such as antiviral, antibacterial, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory agents. This review describes the importance of medicinal mushrooms, with a specific focus on Agarikon as an example of a globally commercialized medicinal mushroom.


How to cite this article:
Elkhateeb WA, Daba GM, Elnahas MO, Thomas PW. Fomitopsis officinalis mushroom: ancient gold mine of functional components and biological activities for modern medicine.Egypt Pharmaceut J 2019;18:285-289


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Elkhateeb WA, Daba GM, Elnahas MO, Thomas PW. Fomitopsis officinalis mushroom: ancient gold mine of functional components and biological activities for modern medicine. Egypt Pharmaceut J [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Apr 1 ];18:285-289
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