Mycotherapy of Antrodia salmonea: A Taiwanese Medicinal Mushroom

  • Palaniyandi Karuppaiya
  • Abdul Khader Akbar


Generally, mushrooms possess all four functionalities of food, i.e., nutritional value, tastiness, physiological effects, and cultural aspects. For the physiological effects, mushrooms have become a valuable health food due to their several bioactive substances. Hence, they are considered as a vast and yet largely untapped source of powerful new pharmaceutical products. In particular, and most importantly for modern medicine, they represent an unlimited source of polysaccharides with antitumor and immunostimulating properties. In the present review, we have described various properties of Antrodia salmonea (syn. Taiwanofungus salmoneus), a newly identified medicinal fungal species.


Antrodia salmonea Anticancer Antioxidant Medicinal mushroom Functional food Triterpenoid 



Antrodia salmonea


Ultra performance liquid chromatography


Mass spectroscopy


Tumor necrosis factor


γ-Glutamylcysteine synthetase


Inducible nitric oxide synthase


Superoxide dismutase






Glutathione peroxidase


Acidic vesicular organelles


Reactive oxygen species


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Palaniyandi Karuppaiya
    • 1
  • Abdul Khader Akbar
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Nutrition, College of Biopharmaceutical and Food SciencesChina Medical UniversityTaichungTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of BotanyC. Abdul Hakeem CollegeVelloreIndia

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