, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 315-318

The occurrence of indole compounds in Coprinus species

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Abstract

Several species of Coprinus mushrooms have been utilized as food, yet reports indicate that 1 of these may produce toxic symptoms when ingested along with alcohol. At the present time, several substances have been implicated as the causative agent of these untoward reactions. Tryptophan and tryptamine have been identified in 3 species of this genus, found growing in Rhode Island, and the amount of tryptamine present in 2 of these species of fungi has been determined.

Supported in part by funds from grant MY-3319 of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.