Objectives: Fungus Cordyceps
militaris has been used as a herbal tonic in traditional Chinese medicine, which could be surface
liquid-cultured for mycelia
production. To evaluate the potential of polysaccharides obtained from mycelia
of Cordyceps militaris
(PS-MCM) for attenuation of side-effects of chemotherapy.
Doxorubicin was used to induce cytotoxicity in THP-1 monocytes and EL-4 T cells, and the effects of PS-MCM on
cell viability and cytokine production were detected on doxorubicin-treated THP-1 and EL-4 cells.
PS-MCM reduced doxorubicin-induced cell death and promoted cell proliferation in THP-1 and EL-4 cells. Moreover, PS-MCM elevated the level of cytokines associated with immune-modulation of THP-1 and EL-4 cells.
These findings indicate that PS-MCM has potential for development as a functional food to counteract side effects
Cite as: Lin R-K, Choong C-Y, Hsu W-H, Tai C-J, Tai C-J. Polysaccharides obtained from mycelia of Cordyceps militaris attenuated doxorubicin-induced cytotoxic effects in chemotherapy. Afri Health Sci.2019;19(2): 2156-2163. https://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ahs.v19i2.40