Mushrooms as a source of substances with antiviral activity

Martyna Kandefer-Szerszeń, Zbigniew Kawecki, Bogusław Sałata, Maria Witek

Abstract


Water extracts the fructifications of 56 species of fungi were examined as a source of antiviral substances with activity against VS and vaccinia viruses. Extracts from 16 fungal species exhibited the antiviral activity. Water extracts from Boletus edulis active against vaccinia virus and extract from Armillariella mellea active against VS virus are particularly worth nothing. Both of them in applied concentrations were not toxic in chick embryo fibroblasts tissue culture.

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