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The pharmacological potential of mushrooms.

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Institute of Pharmacy, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Strasse 17, 17487 Greifswald, Germany. lindequi@uni-geifswald.de

Abstract

This review describes pharmacologically active compounds from mushrooms. Compounds and complex substances with antimicrobial, antiviral, antitumor, antiallergic, immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory, antiatherogenic, hypoglycemic, hepatoprotective and central activities are covered, focusing on the review of recent literature. The production of mushrooms or mushroom compounds is discussed briefly.

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