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Effects on Tyrosinase Activity by the Extracts of Ganoderma lucidum and Related Mushrooms

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The inhibitory effects on tyrosinase activity by extracts of several mushrooms belonging to Basidiomycetes were evaluated. Among the tested mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum, Antrodia camphorata, Agaricus brasiliensis, and Cordyceps militaris), G. lucidum exhibited significant inhibition of tyrosinase activity (IC50 value 0.32 mg/ml), compared to those prepared from other Basidiomycetes. Tyrosinase inhibitors are effective components of skin-lightening compounds and other cosmetics; currently many of the facial mask cosmetics in the market contain Ganoderma extracts in their ingredients. The finding that mushroom extracts contain tyrosinase activity inhibition will contribute to better understanding of how their ‘healing’ properties in various Chinese traditional herbal on skin care products.

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This work was supported in part by a grant (contract number NSC95-2221-E-155-021) from National Science Council, Taiwan. We are also grateful to Dr. Thomas J. Lie, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, for the editing assistance.

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Chien, CC., Tsai, ML., Chen, CC. et al. Effects on Tyrosinase Activity by the Extracts of Ganoderma lucidum and Related Mushrooms. Mycopathologia 166, 117 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11046-008-9128-x

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Keywords

  • Ganoderma lucidum
  • Lingzhi
  • Medicinal mushroom
  • Tyrosinase