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Biochemical Properties and Effects on Mitochondrial Respiration of Aqueous Extracts of Basidiomycete Mushrooms

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There are different varieties of mushrooms not yet studied spread all over the planet. The objective of this study was to evaluate biochemical properties and effects on mitochondrial respiration of eight Basidiomycete mushrooms: Flaviporus venustus EF30, Hydnopolyporus fimbriatus EF41 and EF44, Inonotus splitgerberi EF46, Oudemansiella canarii EF72, Perenniporia sp. EF79, Phellinus linteus EF81, and Pleurotus albidus EF84. Total phenols, ABTS, TEAC, FRAP, and ORAC were measured in order to determine the antioxidant capacity. Antimicrobial potential was studied by disc-diffusion and microdilution method. Cytotoxicity was determined in murine peritoneal macrophages. The bioenergetic aspects were evaluated by the uncoupling of the oxidative phosphorylation in mitochondrias. The H. fimbriatus mushroom was the one that presented the most significant results for the antioxidant assays. Three mushrooms presented antimicrobial activity, indicating a potential for formulation of drugs. The results suggest that I. spligerberi has an uncoupling activity, even at the lowest concentration tested, dissipating the mitochondrial electrochemical gradient. On the other hand, P. albidus has effect only on succinate-oxidase activity without influencing mitochondrial respiratory efficiency. Therefore, both interfere negatively in mitochondrial respiration. In relation with the cytotoxicity in peritoneal macrophages, O. canarii and F. venustus were cytotoxic in this type of cells.

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Fig. 1: Effect of I. splitgerberi EF46 on the respiratory activity of mitochondria isolated from liver.
Fig. 2: Effect of P. albidus EF84 on the respiratory activity of mitochondria isolated from liver.
Fig. 3: Effects of the aqueous extracts on the oxidation of succinate and NADH in ruptured mitochondria.


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Contato, A.G., Brugnari, T., Sibin, A.P.A. et al. Biochemical Properties and Effects on Mitochondrial Respiration of Aqueous Extracts of Basidiomycete Mushrooms. Cell Biochem Biophys (2020).

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