Astragalus Shiitake: A Novel Functional Food with High Polysaccharide Content and Anti-Proliferative Activity in a Colorectal Carcinoma Cell Line

Bunu Tamang, Qi Liang, Biju Balakrishnan, Su Peng, Wei Zhang

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Abstract

The chemical and nutritional constituents of mushrooms can alter significantly when grown on different substrates. Based on this fact, an approach was made to cultivate a new type of mushroom, Hengshan Astragalus Shiitake, by growing Shiitake mushrooms on beds supplemented with the roots of an edible herbal plant, Astragalus membranaceus. In this study, three green extraction techniques, including microwave-enzyme assisted (MEA), ultrasound-enzyme assisted (UEA) and microwave-ultrasound-enzyme assisted (MUEA) extractions, were used to compare both the yield and antiproliferative activity of the polysaccharide-rich extracts (PREs) from HAS in human colorectal carcinoma cells (HCT 116). Both HAS-A and HAS-B extracts contain significantly higher amounts of polysaccharides when compared to the control (Shiitake extract), regardless of the extraction methods. The PREs from HAS-B have significantly higher anti-proliferative activity in HCT 116 compared to the control when using the UEA extraction method. Our findings demonstrate that HAS-B can become a novel functional food with anti-proliferative activities and the optimization of UEA extraction would help to develop new active extract-based health products.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2333
Number of pages14
JournalNutrients
Volume14
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • anti-proliferative activity
  • Astragalus membranaceus
  • biotransformation
  • colorectal carcinoma (HCT 116)
  • hengshan Astragalus shiitake (HAS)
  • polysaccharides
  • shiitake mushroom

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