Corydyceps militaris is a unique and precious medical fungus in Chinese Cordyceps, which has been widely used as the traditional medicines or as biocontrol agents against pests in China for centuries. Polysaccharides are one of bioactive constituents in Cordyceps militaris with a variety of biological activities, including immunomodulation, antioxidant, anti-tumor, and anti-aging activities, anti-inflammatory and anticancer agent among others. Cordyceps militaris (bei-chong-chaw, northern worm grass) is a precious and edible entomopathogenic fungus, which is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as a general booster for the nervous system, metabolism, and immunity.[1-5]
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1 Zhang, J., Wen, C., Duan, Y., Zhang, H., & Ma, H. (2019, April 4). Advance in Cordyceps militaris (Linn) Link polysaccharides: Isolation, structure, and bioactivities: A review. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014181301930995X
2 Rao, Y. K., Fang, S.-H., Wu, W.-S., & Tzeng, Y.-M. (2010, July 13). Constituents isolated from Cordyceps militaris suppress enhanced inflammatory mediator’s production and human cancer cell proliferation. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378874110004824
3 Lee, H.H., Lee, S., Lee, K. et al. Anti-cancer effect of Cordyceps militaris in human colorectal carcinoma RKO cells via cell cycle arrest and mitochondrial apoptosis. DARU J Pharm Sci 23, 35 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40199-015-0117-6
4 Yoo, H., Shin, J., Cho, J., Son, C., Lee, Y., Park, S., & Cho, C. (2004). Effects of Cordyceps militaris extract on angiogenesis and tumor growth. Acta pharmacologica Sinica, 25 5, 657-65 .
5 Weitao Qiu, Jing Wu, Jae-Hoon Choi, Hirofumi Hirai, Hiroshi Nishida, Hirokazu Kawagishi. Cytotoxic compounds against cancer cells from Bombyx mori inoculated with Cordyceps militaris. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry 2017, 81 (6) , 1224-1226. DOI: 10.1080/09168451.2017.1289075